Mary had always wanted to create paintings that represent the land as she responded to it. For instance, a drive in Rock Creek Park in the fall created a desire to recreate the streams and trees looking so beautiful and alive with vibrant colors. The paintings are created in an expressionistic way that allows her to capture the emotional response to the experience. Wolf Kahn and Brian Rutenberg were two artists that influenced Mary Exline's new way of painting in an expressionistic way. Seeing color being used in such a dramatic way was the force that led her to paint landscapes abstractly using color to express her love of nature. At that time she jettisoned the use of reference photos to free up her creative muse and now begin each painting with thin watery layers of acrylic paint allowing some of the paint to run and drip down the canvas creating a variety of patterns. At that point, the artist studies the designs in the first application to see what images appear. Once this first layer dries, then layers of various colors of oil paints are applied. Thus begins the dialogue of the work. Colors are used straight from the tube along with tertiary and grayed colors. More paint is added along with the use of line in a variety of ways that creates interest, energy and emotion. Then through reflecting upon the designs that have developed in the various applications of paint and glazing, an emotional response is received and it all begins to make sense. The artist having bonded with the painting now moves forward to develop it's personality and color harmony. The artist believes her paintings are a poetic expression for nature in all its forms. My paintings may be viewed in person at the Cyan Studio, 2146 Crystal Plaza Underground Arcade of Arlington, VA.

Upcoming Event: "Hiding In Plain Sight"  A juried show at the Arlington Artists Alliance Gallery Underground in August 2015.

Past Events::

Was juried into the "Red Show" 2015 in the national competition held in the Arlington Artists Alliance Gallery Underground.

An oil painting, "Radiance" was juried into the "Fauvism" show at the Art League in Old Town Alexandria, VA June 2015.

Awarded 3rd place honor for "Rock Creek Winter Reflections" April 2015 in the Chevy Chase Woman's Club art event.

Won 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place ribbons People's Choice September-November 2014

Featured Artist, November 8, 2014 6- 9 PM, Workhouse, Lorton, VA in Bldg. 902 Associates Gallery

Current Exhibitions:In building W902 3-4 new paintings are exhibited every month.

Open Studio 2014/Cyan Studio, Cystal City Underground, October 4, 2014

MPA ArtFest 2014, October 5, 2014

November 8, 2013

Grand Opening of Violet Dance Studio 5-7 PM

Cyan - Open Studio 5-8 PM

 Cystal City Underground in Arlington, VA


October 26-27, 2013

10 am - 5 pm

Arlington Artists Alliance Studio Tour 2013

Visit the Cyan Studio of the

 Cystal City Underground in Arlington, VA

Show of Hands, Alexandria, VA (Closed)

Past Events:

October 26-27, 2013

10 am - 5 pm

Arlington Artists Alliance Studio Tour 2013

Visit the Cyan Studio of theCystal City Underground in Arlington, VA

Featured Artist July 2012 in WA-16
Workhouse, Lorton, VA
Art Barn, Gaithersburg, MD
August and September 2013

I was selected by Juror, Dr. Joann Moser, Deputy Chief Curator of the Smithsonian American Art Museum for Honorable Mention in the 2013 Collector's Showcase at the Workhouse Arts Center.

Ft. C. F. Smith Art Fest April 2013
Ernst, NOVA College
Treasury Dept. of Arlington, VA
Holiday Inn of Arlngton, VA

30 x 30 Challenge (30 paintings in 30 days), McGuire Gallery in W-16 building at the Workhouse.

Events At the Workhouse in Lorton, VA I demonstrated acrylic psinting of a landscape, spoke with vistors to the gallery about things that can be done with acrylic paints during the Artists Walk 2nd Saturday of September 8th, 2012 6-9pm in the W-16 building.  

During the Alexandria King Street Art  Festival 2012 we of the marketing group of the Vander Zee Gallery had on display and for sale our paintings.    Entrance Location is 105 Lee Street right around the corner from King Street.  It was held on September 8 and 9 on Saturday and Sunday, 10 am to 7 pm Saturday and 10 am to 5 pm Sunday.

Demonstrated how to paint with watercolors on yupo paper Aug. 2nd, 2012, on Mount Vernon Avenue in Del Ray, Alexandria.

In September 2011 I was juried into the Workhouse Arts Center, Lorton, VA as an Associate Member Artist where I show up to four of my paintings every month.

Since September 2008, have been studying oil painting at the Vander Zee School of Painting in Old Town Alexandria, VA.
Studied Watercolor 2 years, Marietta College in Marietta, Ohio  
National Art Academy of Washington, D.C., and received a BFA degree.  The classes included drawing perspectives, rendering interiors, furniture, fabrics, wood, and marble in watercolor. 
Attended classes in watercolor for three years at the Art League School of Old Town Alexandria
Studied oil painting at the Creative Brush Studio in Manassas, VA
Other training I received was from several workshops, and studying works of others in galleries and art books.
Past Group Shows:
The Fall 2012 Art Show & sale @ Green Spring Gardens

Potomac River Show 2012, Colonial Beach
Artomatic 2012: Opening date May 18 and closing June 23rd.  Location is 1851 Bell Street, Crystal City, VA

Chevy Chase Woman's Club Annual Show, 2012
Vander Zee Gallery Group Show, 2012
Springfield Mall Miniature Show, December 2011
Vander Zee Gallery, Small Works Show November 2011
Goodwin House, Artist's Choice Show, November-December 2011
Green Spring Gardens "Fall 2011 Show" of Annandale, VA
Goodwin House October, 2011 Show "Something To Smile About"
Gallery West 2 paintings accepted by members in the 2011 Power of Color III
Juried show at the Woman's Club of Chevy Chase, MD April 1-3, 2011, won an Honorable Mention for "Sunset Skies."  Show was juried by Lee Neuman
Juried P.O.P. Show: 2 paintings, Feb. 13-March 13, 2011, Honorable Mention - Valley of the Doves
Gallery West 2 paintings accepted by members in the 2010 Power of Color II of Old Town Alexandria, VA juried annual shows 
Vander Zee Gallery: Little Masterpieces Group Exhibition of Small Works (date ?)
Honorable Mention Acrylic "Potomac Low Tide," - Chevy Chase Woman's Club 2010
Feb. 2010 ArtSapace Show, Falls Church, VA

"Artist of the Month" for June 2010 through Springfield Art Guild.
Show of 12 paintings with the Legal Aid Justice Center of Falls Church, VA Fall 2010, non-juried.
Kelly's Art and Framing, Washington Street in Old Town Alexandria, VA, various dates 2010, non-juried.
Fall 2010 Goodwin House Show

Aug. 2010 Green Spring Gardens Juried Show, Annandale, VA

Aug. 2009 1/1 watercolor juried show at Green Spring Gardens in Annandale, VA, was judged by Chica Brunsvold,
6/10/09: 2nd Place Oil "Sheep Gate, Mull of Galloway, Scotland," Springfield Art Guild judged by Barbara Ganley
January-March 2009 3/3 works juried into the River Farm Art Exhibit at the American Horticulture Society headquarters, River Farm in Alexandria, VA
2008 Spring Honorable Mention, Juror: Ellen Zelano in Chevy Chase Woman's Club
Fall 2008 Goodwin House Show, Alexandria, VA.
8/2008 3/3 works juried into the Green Spring Gardens Show, judged by Gwen Bragg, Annandale, VA
8/2008 A Watercolor painting exhibited in the Lorton Workhouse Show, Lorton, VA
2008 Springfield Mall Show, Springfield

2008 2 person show, Kingstown Library, Alexandria, VA
2008 Volvo Display Area, Falls Church, VA
2002 Great Falls Show juried acceptance, "Autumn Fading"
2002 3rd Place Pen and Ink "#3 Lilies," and Honorable Mention Acrylic,  Fairfax County Employee, payment received

2001 Honorable Mention: "Flying In," Acrylic at The Wildlife Show in Northern Virginia
2001 Honorable Mention, Fairfax County Employee Show

2000 1st Place Watercolor Mixed Media "Autumn Fading," juror: Scott Hutchison - Chevy Chase Woman's Club

1989 July Art League Member, juror: A. Brockie Stevenson
1989 March Art League Annual Student Show, juror: James Dean
1988 June Art League Member, juror: Gerard Valero
1988 April Art League Member, juror: Franz Bader
1988 March Art League Annual Student Show, juror: Lee King and Lori Katz
1979 1st Place Watercolor "Fall Morning Clouds," and 2nd Place "W & OD Trail," Acrylic, Hernando County Art Show judged by Neva Bird Graham who had extended studies with Edgar Whitney of New Orleans and Henry Gasser in New York
Three solo shows:
1977 Arlington Library 
1994 Green Springs Garden Library
2008 Art & Frames Gallery Show
Workhouse Arts Center of Lorton, VA
Springfield Art Guild, Springfield, VA
The Art League
Arlington Artist Alliance


I especially like your written descriptions about your paintings.

Thank you

James George
Arlington Art Examiner


Ink floral drawings for the monthly publication of Green Spring Gardens of the Fairfax County Park Authority.
The Fairfax Audubon Society of Vienna, VA published several of my ink drawings of birds in the Potomac Flyer.  One of the drawings was used for the headline banner of one of their monthly articles.
The Arts Council of Fairfax County asked me to design a pin of the Bluebird that was used as an award to be given to volunteers working for Fairfax County.