| 'Passing the haiga paint brush'
by Susan Frame
. . . Introducing, Mary Rodning, sumi-e artist from Mobile, Alabama, to whom I am 'passing the haiga paint brush'. I first met Mary in China in 1984. We were both at the Zhejiang Academy of Fine Art as part of the first group of US, and Canadian artists invited to study landscape painting. Since then, we've continued painting together in a variety of inspirational places, exhibited together, worked together as members of the Board of Directors of the Sumi-e Society of America, and become close friends. So, I have no reservations in 'passing this brush'. Mary's brushwork is strong, her vision, clear, and her paintings beautiful.
Mary likes to say she practices and paints the art of life while living it. She majored in biology in college, and it is integrated with her painting process. She spent two years in Japan, and was introduced to sumi-e there. Besides China and Japan, Mary has spent extended time in Holland, Scotland and Greece.
Obviously, Mary has never been a painting recluse. She has raised three sons, is the upkeep supervisor of their small Alabama farm, and personally knows all the birds in her woods. Her husband is a surgeon, and a renowned haiku poet. Mary exhibits her work internationally, and has won a list of awards.
I'm so pleased to be able to 'pass my brush to her . . . here's . . . Mary!
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