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I have been making art and design for decades. I have been a graphic artist, jewelry, furniture and clothing designer, painter and print maker. I’ve exhibited my artwork in numerous group and solo shows in the US and Europe. I am originally from Queens, New York where I received a Bachelor's Degree in Anthropology from Queens College. I hold a Master of Arts Degree in Humanities from California State University Dominguez Hills and a Practice-based Doctoral Research Degree in Fine Art-Painting from De Montfort University in Leicester, England. I also hold another Master of Arts Degree in Education. I have taught studio art and design, art history, research, and education for over 12 years at the graduate and undergraduate levels, online and on ground. I recently closed my studio in Asheville, NC where I facilitated art and design workshops for 5 years. I now live in Corvallis, Oregon. I have 4 children and 2 grandchildren.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Releasing the Artist Within


Moved to Asheville, North Carolina!
Go to The Urban Art Retreat and Studio to register for an art workshop.


Do you want to learn to live more creatively? 
Do you want to awaken the artist within you?


 Attend a 12 PM Saturday afternoon seminar in beautiful Balboa Park in San Diego.

Learn to meditate and to be more creative by painting outside en plein air (in the open air)!

Unleash the artist within!

Live more creatively in your daily life!

 Click to Enroll


There is an artist in you!


"Creating art gave me a new confidence. With Mary's guidance I was able to tap into creativity I didn't even know I had.  I would recommend this to anyone."

Learn to trust your creative instincts and unleash that artist within no matter what your profession.
Those who tap into their creativity, generally lead more fulfilled and balanced lives. 
No experience necessary and all skill levels are welcome.
Join us as we explore the artist within.
Sessions are four hours and begin with learning simple yet effective meditation techniques.
Learn basic painting and compositional techniques in an open air painting session.




Art supplies are included in the $50 single session fee.
4 sessions (1 month of instruction) for $120.
Session 1: Zen seeing/Zen painting
Session 2: Mandala making in nature
Session 3: Action painting
Session 4: Expressions of nature/Wabi Sabi aesthetic in your work

Student and group discounts are available. 

Your choice of paint supply sets.

Set #1:
Acrylic paints, canvas paper, brushes, reusable water container and palette.
Paperback copy of 25 Years in the Desert: A Companion Guide for the Cosmic Journey of a Lifetime

Set # 2:
Gouache paints, watercolor paper, brushes, reusable water container and palette.
Paperback copy of 25 Years in the Desert: A Companion Guide for the Cosmic Journey of a Lifetime


The time is now to begin living a more creative life. 

Facilitator: Mary McDermott, Ph. D.


 Don't put it off any longer.  Enroll today. email

Moved to Asheville, North Carolina!
Go to The Urban Art Retreat and Studio to register for an art workshop.