Mary Burkhardt is a painter with a burning desire to paint water rushing over rocks. You may look at her work and see a portrait or a still life instead of a landscape, but the thing that fuels all her work is the hope that she will eventually create a perfect (in her humble opinion) creek painting.

Mary grew up in the western United States where she began drawing at an early age.
Following some formal training in college, she studied with notable instructors such as Daniel E. Greene, Wende Caporale, Scott L. Christensen, Christopher Magadini, Kevin MacPherson, Shelby Keefe, and Kim English.

Mary is primarily an oil painter but in her early career she spent fifteen years as a successful Watercolorist, painting and selling her landscapes and florals in the United States.
Then when she moved with her husband and three sons to Singapore, making art abruptly changed from flourishing career to personal hobby. The five years she spent in Singapore proved to be a pivotal time in Mary’s life allowing her the freedom to paint simply for the joy of painting.

It was during her time in Singapore that Mary came across a humorous quote from Albert Einstein that she thinks makes great sense in the life of an artist as well as an inventor. When Einstein was asked about his working methods he said, “How do I work? I grope.” Mary says, “Creativity dies without time for play and experimentation. Artists need to have technical competence but beyond that there is some groping around in the process of painting – in the process of finding what you want to say as an artist and how you want to say it. When I painted mostly for dollars and deadlines I lost my love for painting. I don’t mind saying now that I paint mostly for the love of it. I want to be a creative Groper in the painting department! I keep Einstein’s quote framed on my desk to remind me that in order to keep creativity alive I must always endeavor to work in such a way so as not forsake either the sheer enjoyment or the painful struggle of the art-making process in the quest for a finished product.” Creating a beautiful, quality painting takes time and thought.

Recently Mary was one of three Artists selected to paint at the opening ceremony for the restoration of Weir Farm National Historic Site and her paintings have been pictured in articles in newspapers and in Plein Air Magazine.

Mary loves to travel and has painted in most of the 50 States and in 27 foreign countries. She has won numerous awards for her work and has had her work hung in museums, town halls, libraries, hospitals, schools, and many other public places. Her work may be found in over 300 private collections and her current work is featured on this website. Enjoy the Paintings!