Mary Lou Foley, Cape Cod, MA Member Since November 2011 Artist Statement Pastel Paintings and Fine Art Photography- Ever since I could hold a crayon, I’ve had a passion for drawing the world around me. There was never a moment in my life when I didn’t have the need to express myself through my art. My discovery of the medium of pastel opened my eyes to possibilities of expression. I love the immediacy of setting my marks to paper, of having colors laid out before me ready to use, and the fact that there are so many kinds of pastels, surfaces, and techniques to play with. In my paintings, I am inspired by how light sets the drama of color, shadow, mood and rhythm. In my portraits, I try to capture not just the likeness, but the essence and personality of the subject. My paintings represent my response to the beauty of nature and the human form, capturing a moment in time and celebrating the simple joys to be found in the world around us. I photograph a lot of scenes to use for inspiration for my painting. I've ended up with quite a collection of beautiful art photos which I have included in one of my galleries.