Mary Lou Dales

We are so lucky. We live in one of the most beautiful parts of the world. Time off here is often spent just enjoying the quiet and beauty of the
forests, mountains, and sea.

Art has always been a part of Mary Lou’s life. Ceramics was her first love. Working the wheel gave her experience with a 3- dimensional medium and the earth tones.

Morning Commute by Mary Lou Dales Everywhere I look I see subject matter for
my paintings. All of the scenes are local:
Folsom/Sacramento, Fair Play/Amador County,
the sea side in Monterey.
In my paintings, I want to create a quiet place
that appeals and invites someone to relax and
have a quiet moment. I hope that my paintings
can give a person a happy feeling that s/he can
take with her/him. A positive mood creates the
strength needed to meet the
challenges of one’s day.
Paints in the Rain by Mary Lou Dales


Some years ago, Mary Lou was laid off and took a drawing class to “give her something to do while she looked for a job”. The next step was a painting class where she met acrylics. She stopped looking for another medium. Mainly self taught, Mary Lou continues to hone her skills through courses at local colleges and private lessons.

Often, it is not the subject matter that catches Mary Lou’s interest, but the pattern formed through the contrast of the shadows and light. Her love of warm, vibrant colors creates an exciting and yet peaceful feeling in her works.

In August, 2005, her painting, A Good Day’s End, was chosen to be featured in the publicity for The Art of Folsom’s local artist show. She has continued to exhibit over the years in the following:

Capital Artists’ Studio Tour 2012, 2013
Sacramento Fine Arts Center 2011, 2012, 2013
Inner Views, Northern California Arts, Inc. 2012
Folsom Arts Association, Bank of America Art Gallery 2011, 2012
Spring Artist Studio Tour, 2011
Art & Wine Affaire, El Dorado Hills 2006 2007, 2008

Mary Lou Dales

Mary Lou is currently a member of the Folsom Arts Association, Sacramento Fine Arts Center, and Center for Contemporary Art Sacramento.

Mary Lou Dales
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