Artist Mary Yoe Steele
Artist Mary Yoe Steele has been practicing and studying art all her life. Her interest in art began as a small child. She has been painting since high school and is an Art Graduate from Columbia College in Columbia Missouri. Even as a young mother of 6 children and a wife of an Officer in the Air Force, Mary Yoe has always found some way to keep painting. One of her childrens' fondest memories was of a mural she painted in her kitchen of rooster and hen with 6 baby chicks (hiding under the mother chicken wearing an apron). Each chick was uniquely distinguished by the characteristics of each child, all under the age of 10.
Mary Yoe started painting with oil and figure drawing with charcoal early in her career. She studied portrait painting from Memphis artist, Fred Boyer and has painted portraits in oil and watercolor of many people and pets. She has painted many profoundly beautiful landscapes throughout her life as well.
Several years ago Mrs. Steele started studying under Linda Tate, a Memphis watercolor artist. She became inspired and mesmerized with this new medium of art. It is now her primary medium for which she paints.
Over the last 10 years, she has been a student of watercolor artist Fred Rawlinson, owner of the highly acclaimed Rawlinson Gallery and Studio in Germantown, Tennessee. Fred has been a catalyst for Mary Yoe to expand her horizons into abstract art and mixed media.