Mary LaGarde
Specialty Painters, Sculpture

Mary LaGarde

Artist Bio

Naples-based artist Mary LaGarde is a contemporary American artist known primarily for her figurative and landscape oil paintings. Her work is inspired by the beauty and diversity of nature as well as by themes of human emotion and conflict. LaGarde, who was born in 1962 in Pittsburgh, PA, studied art at the University of Maryland in Frostburg where her work won awards and commissions.  Lagarde takes influences from Vermeer, Caravaggio, Michelangelo, and John Singer Sargent.

LaGarde is most known for her series of paintings called “The Four Seasons” that depict the same stand of aspen trees near Echo Mountain in Colorado during different times of the year. Her use of light and shadow creates a sense of depth and dimension that makes viewers feel like they are standing in front of the actual trees. LaGarde’s “Aspen-Winter I” was selected as a finalist in the 15thAnnual International Realism ARC Salon.  Her paintings have been exhibited at the Sidney and Berne Davis Art Center and the Alliance for the Arts in Fort Myers, FL.

Artist Statement

I am a member of the growing contemporary realism movement in American art.  I have been fortunate to study under some of the most influential contemporary realism artists from the United States, Spain, Italy, and Canada.   I am proud to be a member of the Art Renewal Center and a founding member of the Figurative Art Convention and Expo which seeks to bring together contemporary realist artists from around world to share their techniques with one another.

One of my paintings, "Winter Aspen I (Zeus)" was selected as a finalist in the Art Renewal Center's 13th International Salon in which 3,500 artists from around the world were competing. A second painting, "Rihanna and the Sea Captain" was recently featured on NBC's Late Night television show.  A third painting, "A Marvelous Time" was recently the subject of study by several middle school and high school art programs across the country and was selected by the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center as its featured piece in its annual "Dark Art" group show.

I incorporate many of the styles and techniques used by the Old Masters in my contemporary oil paintings and sculptures.  I use narrative art to document contemporary culture and to address modern social issues and controversies.

I hope you enjoy my paintings and sculptures as well as the stories they tell.

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