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Mary Calengor

Mary Calengor

My journey as an artist has been winding with peaks and valleys. That has been life’s way of shaping me and my art, bringing me to where I am today. Born in Duluth, Minnesota, I grew up in a house filled with art. My father is a painter, and I developed a passion for this creative outlet under his tutelage. At a young age, I worked by his side in our studio, sketching and exploring various mediums.

I graduated from the University of Minnesota with degrees in graphic design and fine art, married shortly after that, and had the gift of raising four children. A career in marketing soon followed as my family moved on to their pursuits. During these years, my painting went on hold, and after twenty years, I began to question who I was as an artist.

In 2017, with my husband’s loving support, I decided to paint again as a full-time artist. I had no idea what my style or focus was going to be. I painted landscapes, still life, loose interpretations, and detailed work, and I felt lost. Then I went to Santa Fe to visit friends, and something happened that I cannot explain. The night we arrived, I woke to see in my mind who I was to be as an artist with such clarity. I knew exactly what subject matter was inside of me and how to paint it. My identity as a painter was found.