Mary Anne Warner

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Mary Anne Warner’s love of painting began early as she watched her aunt work in her studio. By ten years old, Mary Anne began painting the still life. This remained her primary subject until graduate school. Her first experience with plien air painting came during a summer program in France. The landscape gave Mary Anne the venue to explore her interests in color, light, and texture. After graduate school, her landscapes focused on the equestrian life of horse racing and polo. These activities involved figures and horses in early morning and late afternoon light. It was this quality of light that created images filled with colors and textures. Her next series of work still dealt with the figure in landscape but they were in gardens. These public gardens were both locally in the Washington, DC area and overseas. During this time, Mary Anne completed a commission of 5 paintings of historic gardens for the Embassy Suites Hotel in Alexandria, VA.

Mary Anne's plein air work has focused on the Potomac River from Great Falls to Mt. Vernon. These small pastel sketches are used as reference for larger studio paintings in oil or pastel. In recent years, she and her husband photographer David Allison have been exploring the diverse landscape in central Pennsylvania.


George Washington University, Masters of Fine Arts, January 1981.
Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pa., Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts, June 1972.
Workshops with Terri Ford, Richard McKinley and Susan Ogilvie


Maryland Pastel Society, Signature Member and Treasurer
Pastel Society of America, Associate Member
Art League of Alexandria, Virginia


East to West, Northern Virginia Community College, Alexandria, VA – January 2010
Western Landscapes, College of Southern Maryland, La Plata, MD – March 2004
Capturing The West, Dega Gallery, Mclean, Va. September 2003


Honorable Mention, Pastel Society of Virginia Juried Exhibition, November 2015
Pastel Society of Virginia Award, Pastel Society of America National Juried Exhibition, The National Arts Club, New York, NY - September 2013
Connecticut Pastel Society Award, Shades of Pastel National Juried Exhibition, Strathmore Hall, Bethesda, MD – October 2009
Dakota Art Prize, Connecticut Pastel Society National Exhibition, Renaissance in Pastel, West Hartford, Conn. – October 2007


Dialogues, Atlantic Gallery, New York, NY – January 2016
Maryland Pastel Society Members Juried Show, Quiet Waters, Annapolis, MD – June 2015
Inner and Outer Journeys, Dennis and Phillip Ratner Museum, Bethesda, MD- December 2011


Maryland Pastel Society Shades of Pastel National Juried Exhibition, Hill Center, Washington, DC - October 2015
Maryland Pastel Society Shades of Pastel National Juried Exhibition, Delaplaine Visual Arts Center, Frederick, MD – November 2013
Maryland Pastel Society Shades of Pastels National Juried Exhibitions, Workhouse Arts Center, Lorton, VA – October 2011