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Mary H. Klunk - Paintings

Mary Harriman Klunk is a resident of Havre de Grace, Maryland and Ft. Myers, Florida. She has been a working artist for over 30 years. Her educational background includes a BS degree from Towson University and an M.Ed from Loyola College.

Mary's Art experience is varied; she has managed Art programs in maximum and medium security prisons and has worked as an Art Therapist with clients in neuropsychiatric hospitals, and nursing homes. She taught painting and drawing classes at Harford, Cecil, and Essex Comnmunity Colleges. Her students have ranged in age from five to 95. She has lectured on American Artists, Impressionism, and Modern Painting and has taught landscape workshops locally and in Nassau, Bahamas. Mary has worked as a mural artist for various organizations, among them, Harford Community College, Comcast Cable, and the Havre de Grace Arts Commission. She has also worked as a caricature artist at Baltimore's Inner Harbor and in area malls.

While teaching art at the Maryland Correctional Institute at Jessup, Mary became aware of the high rate of illiteracy among inmates. She devoted herself to improving literacy rates and for ten years worked as a Special Education and Reading teacher in the Baltimore School system.

Ms. Klunk's work includes portraits, still lifes, and landscapes. Her works are completed in a classical realist style with emphasis on color relationships, lighting, and value. She works in oils and pastels. She has exhibited nationally and in the Maryland area and has won numerous awards for her work.

Inspirations for still life paintings include everyday objects. Trips provide material for land and seascapes. A fascination for faces, developed through years of caricature, provide inspiration for portraits and figure studies. Her work can be seen in local galleries. Commissions available by contacting the artist at her home studio 410-939-2068.

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