Ohio House

pink house A few months back, when I decided to work part-time instead of pursuing a full-time career, the universe gave me a nod.  I received an order through Etsy for TWO home portraits.  This wonderful lady in Ohio commissioned me to do a portrait of her son’s Painted Lady.  It is such a beautiful home and was such a pleasure to re-create.  I had a bit of handwork to do for it so it ended up taking a little longer than I had expected, but I really liked the finished piece, and so did my client. ohio house final quiltThe next piece she asked me to do was of the National First Ladies Museum in Canton, Ohio.  This, too, is a beautiful building.  It was the birthplace of the wife of President McKinley, Ida Saxton-McKinley.  It is a brick Victorian with a mansard roof and plenty of detail – enough to keep me busy for a while.:) My client created a scrapbook for the collection and wanted to include the museum in it.  I was too happy to oblige.

another view

canton quilted houseI think the best part of this process has been the wonderful feedback I have gotten from my client throughout this process.  When she received the first piece in the mail, she sent off this thank you.

“Wow!  I could never have imagined any piece of art so beautiful, so awesome, so detailed.  It is 10 times more wonderful than I could have imagined… You really have been gifted with a very special talent.  I believe one day you will be able to create art full-time.  Follow your passion!  Follow your dreams!”

Thank you so much, Anne. 🙂



I have always loved the process of transforming pieces of fabric into quilts. For years I collected scraps, just to be sure I'd have the right piece for the project at hand. Eventually, as my skills progressed, my hobby grew into art. I moved from simple quits, to 'landscape quilting' and then eventually onto portrait work. I am new to the art field and am self-taught, learning from my mistakes as well as from my successes. I create my images using only fabric and thread. I remain true to this limitation for two reasons; first, I love the challenge of finding new ways to depict ever more challenging subjects. Second, fabric work remains my true love. I enjoy the hunt for fabrics; where other artists might blend oil paints, I love finding that perfect shade or pattern for a specific need. I refer to my style as "gestalt impressionism" for one needs to take a step back from my pieces to get the whole picture. My view point changes by what is influencing me at the time. Recently I've begun to focus on the journey of the individual. I enjoy working on portraits of people whom I feel have lead interesting lives.

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4 comments on “Ohio House
  1. How in the world did you get the sky to look so real? Amazing as always!

    • You can buy fabric that looks like sky – isn’t that amazing? I use fabric that looks like grass and trees in the distance, too. There’s also fabric that looks like brick and stone (although, because of scale, I don’t tend to use that). Thanks for the compliments 🙂

  2. Julie Weaver says:

    Mary, you never cease to amaze me with the beauty of your work! Love them both! Merry Christmas to the Mahoneys!

  3. Boudicca says:

    You have done it again! These are exquisite! I agree, your soul could flourish if you do this full-time. Creativity is one of the most fortunate of human qualities. ❤

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