Mary McPherson

Mary McPherson

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Mary McPherson was born and raised in Homewood, Alabama a suburb of Birmingham. “My mother would take my sister and me to summer art classes at the Birmingham Museum of Art from the time we were 6 years old. We were introduced to all of the art mediums and some art history at a very young age. I fell in love with painting in those summer months. In college I studied graphic art only to become disillusioned when all artistic work was done on a computer. For 14 years I had a line of hand painted furniture that I took to wholesale gift shows. I designed the pieces and did all of the art work on each one. I took a 10 year break after that, and in 2011 I remarried and moved my dogs and horses to a small community named Burnt Corn, Alabama where my husband is a forester. I started painting again, this time with oils on canvas. I have been studying with a portrait artist for 5 years now. My husband and I participate in the sport of Field Trials with English Pointers and our horses. I started painting portraits of our dogs, soon I was commissioned to paint the portraits of the winners of the Field Trial dogs for clubs, owners, and trainers. I painted the National Quail Futurity Champions portrait, The National Shooting Dog Futurity Champion, National Pheasant Champion, the Dixie Trace High Points Dog of the Year, The National Bird Hunters Association Champion and more.  Often I am commissioned to paint people's beloved companion dogs. I have had my portraits featured on the front of the "German Short Hair Chronicles".   A front page article was written about me in the "Montgomery Independent" newspaper. I have been blessed to be able to combine my love of painting with my love of dogs and horses!”