Mary Ogle • Artist
I met Mary not very long ago, yet I can’t seem to remember how long it’s actually been. Sometimes it seems like we’ve talked for ages and then there are days when I forget what we talked about yesterday. Regardless, we always have wonderful “ah ha!” moments and sessions of dreamy brainstorming.
Mary has touched many with her fabulous art, thought provoking words and caring insight. She’s delightful to work with and a true motivator. I am confident her honest and kind mentoring skills have opened eyeballs around the globe for years.
What do you create?
I create all sorts of things. My biggest love is figure painting and drawing and painting animals. But I’m always ready to try new things. Right now I’m actually starting preliminary work on a graphic novel.
What medium do you enjoy most?
Digital. Though I do still get an urge to oil paint every once in a while.
How did you get started?
Well I kind of always did this. My mother says I was born with a pencil in my hand. I just can’t remember a time when I wasn’t drawing.
I’m doing it.
Name three favorite artists/designers/creative:
Egon Schiele – a beautiful drawer, lovely use of line;
Arthur Rackham – he created stunning children book illustrations;
Frida Kahlo – an emotional painter who was never afraid to show her innermost feelings.
What kind of training, schooling or other learning experiences have you gone through that have helped you get to where you are now?
Life. I did go to art school – Art Center College of Design and Rhode Island School of Design. It had its advantages and disadvantages. If you want to learn to draw then draw. A lot. All the time. Everything. Especially the human figure. I drew 8 hours a day at times in art school and that training was invaluable.
Do you feel you’re successful?
Yes. Success is a state of mind. I became successful when I commited whole heartedly to following my path no matter where it led me.
What do you like most about what you do?
Freedom! I am not a 9 to 5 kind of girl. I hated being trapped in an office. At least to me it felt like a trap. I love going to the grocery store in the middle of the day – or working in the middle of the night.
What #1 piece advice can you offer to those which might like to “follow in your footsteps”?
Never, ever, ever give up. Perseverance is the key.
What are you most proud of?
Finally learning to believe in myself.
Other comments and ideas you’d like to share:
The world is full of negativity. People will constantly be telling you that you can’t do this or that won’t work. You have the choice whether to listen to them or not. Learn to be an advocate for yourself. Oh and be nice to people.
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