As a teenager, Hubley and her mother (watercolorist Idella Hallowell) would go on plein air adventures to paint the region, from Lancaster County, PA to the Pine Barrens of New Jersey. Plein air painting captured the immediacy of the moment. She learned to use the white of the paper, laying down background washes, avoiding muddiness, restrained brushstrokes, and painting quickly. Hubley won several first-place awards during high school and college, and was the only student who would regularly sell out her work during school print sales.
Influences: Art Journeys - Hubley has traveled extensively throughout the U.S., Europe, and Asia. She has sipped wine at the top of the Peak in Hong Kong and espresso in outdoor Italian cafes. She has rafted the Canadian Rockies, kayaked through the Everglades, and recently got lost hiking in the Desert South West. Adventure travel has brought her an overwhelming desire to go further, explore more, and narrate life more fully through her paintbrush.
Influences: Impressionists - Hubley is influenced by theI French impressionists. "The impressionists changed everything," says Mary. "They understood more than simple line and light - they capture the emotion, the mood, and the soul of the subject. They magically grab a subject's very being, and just by gazing at their work, I have learned much about the essence of painting."
Painting in St. Augustine - Mary Hubley lives and works in St. Augustine, Florida. "St. Augustine feels like an old Meditteranean seaside village. It has the same intensity of sunlight, warm summers, and mild winters. It's beach casual - a place to practice yoga, beachcomb, and enjoy the cafe lifestyle." Hubley paints the St Augustine beach, soft landscapes, and the destinations of life -- the places she loves and has experienced first hand