Mary Beck

beck2 chairsMy canvases evolved out of a thirty-year career in painting and tapestry. Fifteen years ago I made a transition from fiber work to concentrate on oil painting. Years of working in fiber gave me a sensitivity to texture and form that now contributes to the emphasis I place on detail in my canvases. The flexibility of oil helps me realize that detail, and express my love for the endless nuances of light, shadow and reflection. I find images in my daily walks on the nearby beach, in camping trips to the desert and on Saturday mornings at the local farmer’s market. Alternating my work between those images keeps my interest piqued.
Mary Beck artwork
Mary Beck Oil Painting
beck_over gulls on the beach

Some of the galleries that have shown my work are:
• San Diego Art Institute
• Brennan Gallery in Palm Desert
• Susan Street in Solana Beach
• The Tarbox Gallery in San Diego
In 1968 I finished a BA in Fine Arts from Washington State University and then taught painting, drawing and fiber at Western Wisconsin Technical Institute for eight years. After a variety of shows and art fairs in the Midwest, I moved to the West and continued work in fiber showing in a variety of venues including:
• Center Street Gallery in Santa Cruz
• Tempe’s Mill Avenue Arts Festival
• Westwood Arts and Crafts show in Los Angeles.

I can’t imagine my life without the joy of paint and the complete feeling I have when a canvas is finished. You can reach Mary at her studio in Vista, California at 760-295-9428, or reach her online at