Mary McLeod, Mixed Media & Calligrapher
I have been a calligrapher for over thirty years, having been hooked during an art class in college. My first teacher in 1976 was master calligrapher Lloyd Reynolds, and I have continued my studies with many inspiring teachers since that time.
My husband Doug and I have lived in Langley for thirty seven years. His family homesteaded in Langley at the turn of the century. I grew up on or near the east shores of Lake Washington with lake and mountain views, so the move to Langley in 1977 was a perfect place to live and raise our three children.
With children now grown, I enjoy more time to pursue my art. After retiring in 2012 from a career as a music and visual arts teacher, I now divide my time between substitute teaching in the Mukilteo and South Whidbey School Districts, and creating art in my studio.
My favorite place is my art studio. It almost feels like a tree house. Lush bushes fill the windows on one wall of my studio, and the window over my work table looks toward Mt. Baker. I feel truly blessed to be able to work in this lovely spot. I can go up there some evenings for what I first believe will be an hour or less, and before long four hours has gone by.
I integrate calligraphy with other medium and explore creative ways to use a variety of inks. I incorporate favorite quotes into my work, but also like to use original text as well. I am delighted to show the public that Calligraphy is an art by exhibiting my work at the Whidbey Art Gallery in Langley.