I spent most of my life in Massachusetts where I began drawing and painting as a young student. As time progressed, I began working with artists and instructors in drawing, oils and acrylics. While in the New England area, I exhibited my work at local shows, in galleries and local shops and was a member of several art groups.
After we moved to Dunedin, Florida in 1992, my desire was to work in watercolor. Classes for this medium brought me to the Dunedin Art Center where I studied with the artists and instructors from the area for several years and took numerous workshops. For fourteen years, I presented my work at professional art shows throughout Florida.
I was a long time member of several local art groups in the Tampa Bay area. The Dunedin Fine Art Center’s gift shop offers my fiber pieces and my paintings. Florida Craftsmen shows my felting and my greeting cards. My art work is also shown at several other venues in the Tampa Bay area.
While presenting my work, I have received many awards for my art and have sold pieces to clients that have found new homes in many places in the country.
My entrance into fiber came while visiting our daughter in Maine. We attended a fiber exhibit. It was there that I encountered the medium of nuno felting. It was love at first site! After searching for classes, I found them in Bath, Maine and at that point, was ‘hooked’ on this medium.
After returning to Florida, I researched and found classes and workshops privately and with the Tampa Bay Surface Design Guild to enhance and continue to create within this medium. Some of my pieces of wet and nuno felting have combined my hand painting for unique designs.
Recently we moved to Colorado where I am learning of new fine art and fiber groups and galleries to continue to learn and show my work.
—Mary F. Silvia