About Mary Garrish, Plein Air Painter from Florida

Plein Air Artist & Landscape PainterMary Garrish was born in Miami Beach, Florida in 1955 and served as the President of the American Impressionist Society for 2005-2007. Her major interest is Plein Air landscapes and other Representational Art. She paints annually around the world.

When asked about leaving a career in surgery for full time painting, Mary replies “I was pulled to art, not pushed from medicine.” Mary has devoted intense study in both her studio and in regular workshop participation with many of the great landscape artists of this era. Her art hangs in galleries and private collections around the United States. Mary has been selected to participate in numerous national juried shows, and has had several one-woman shows at both galleries and museums.

Plein Air Artist’s Statement

In general, as a plein-air painter, I am drawn to the peacefulness of being in nature and the challenge of capturing a scene as it exists for only a brief moment in time. The act of painting landscapes requires the artist to observe the intricacies of nature in a far more detailed way than what is usual for the casual observer. When I am painting, I feel an intimacy with both my subject and my medium and I marvel at the subtle interplay of light, color and space that is always evident in every subject. The ever-changing quality of nature reminds us of the impermanence of all existence and this awareness beckons us to more fully appreciate, in depth all that is before us in any given moment. One of my goals as an artist is to share my own heightened awareness of the awe and wonder that is our world with others as they engage in the act of viewing my paintings.



Cortile Gallery Show,  October 2017
 JM Stringer Gallery Show, November 2017


  • JM Stringer Gallery, Vero Beach, FL
  • Cecil Byrne Gallery, Charleston SC\
  • Cortile Gallery, Provincetown MA
  • Artist Cove Gallery, Panama City FL


    Baptist South Hospital, Jacksonville, FL Florida Senate, Office of the President


  • Southwest Art, Artist’s Profile August 2015
  • Plein Air Magazine, Artist’s Profile, March 2014
  • Art of the National Parks, 2013
  • American Art Collector February 2009, August 2009, June 2010, November 2010, December 2010


  • Plein Air Painters of the Southeast
  • Salmagundi Club, NYC -member
  • Oil Painters of America
  • American Impressionist Society-President 2005 – 2007, Signature Member
  • Plein Air Artists of Colorado-Signature Member
  • Women Painters of the Southeast-Signature Member


  • Impressionism
  • Landscapes/Scenic
  • Nature


Mary is featured in the upcoming book, Best of Worldwide Landscape Artists.

Her work recognized in the November 2010 issue of Southwest Art Magazine 21 Over 31 as an Honorable Mention for my painting “Harmony” You can read the entire article here.

“Winter Wonderland,” accepted into the 2010 11th Annual American Impressionist Society Exhibition is featured in an article in the October issue of Southwest Art Magazine

“Morning Sparkle,” was featured on the 20101 Richard Schmid Fine Art Auction poster.

Mary was selected by the National Park Service to render impressions of the Everglades and Dry Tortugas in representational oil paintings.

American Art Collector – December 2009
Mary Garrish was featured in the December issue of American Art Collector in a special article titled “The Art Lover’s Guide to Collecting Art in Florida.” If you would like to recieve a copy of the article please contact Charlie Bogusz, Business Manager at 970.227.4878 or primary.colors@live.com.