Intuition drives my work and aspects related to nature. It is the subconscious mind that influences my shapes and line work.

Intimate brush strokes play with thin transparent layers that add to the depth of the painting.  Then necessary subtractions form the spontaneous energy that connects with the viewer.

Every new painting is an opportunity to meet a challenge and to learn anew.  That is what motivates me.  Non-representational abstractions give freedom to the creative spirit without restrictions.  The painting is complete when the conversation between the artist and canvas is complete.


MARY JAMES  |  Artist

Lives & Works in

San Antonio, TX


Mary James has exhibited her work at Art Gallery Prudencia, San Antonio, St. James Place, San Antonio, the San Antonio Art League and Museum and various group shows across South Texas.

Mary graduated from the University of Nebraska with a degree in Interior Design.  She has worked as an Interior Designer for over 30 years both nationally and internationally.  This career, working with the elements and principles of design, served as a good foundation for making art on a more intimate scale.

Painting Brushes

Studying Art History in college peaked Mary’s interest in art.  Her interest and knowledge of art was broadened over the years of working with her clients’ acquired art collections.  She also curated fine art collections for clients, working directly with artists, galleries and curators.

Mary has been a creator all of her life.  She has taken art classes at Southwest School of Art from 2008 – 2019.  She has also studied under many nationally and internationally acclaimed artists in workshops and intensive online studies. 


Her individual works of art as well as commissioned paintings are in residential and commercial collections.

The Art of Mary James