Christian Artist - Mary Crittenden
Paintings, Prints and Cards
Fine Art Paintings and Illustrations
Paintings Created From Old Photos
Fine Art Paintings Created on Burlap
Religious Art Cards and Christian Art Prints
Family Heirlooms . . . Portraits of Children, Adults and Animals
About the artist:
Mary began painting before she was seven years old.
Her father brought home enamel paints from work. Although
these didnt work too well, she did the best she could
with the tools and talent she had to work with. Mary was hooked.
She continued painting through high school where her teachers encouraged
her to try for art scholarships; And so it went.
Now, as a middle-aged adult, Mary Crittenden is still painting.
The enamel was replaced long ago with acrylics and oils, and the subjects
in her paintings are so life-like they almost look like soft photographs.
In fact, her paintings have a three dimensional appearance because of her
expertise in handling depth perception. Mary has always enjoyed old photographs
for the feelings they evoke of a more leisurely era. I try to make them
come alive, she explains. Her flair for telling visual tales, her sense of
design, and her love of color has led to Marys current focus: using bright,
almost impressionistic oils to make historical snapshots as fresh as if they
had been photographed today.
Read more about this artist at the bottom of the page.
About her portraits:
Mary feels it important that her portraits not only resemble a person,
but, that they bring out the beauty and character of the person;
It becomes an heirloom that will be passed down from generation
to generation in memory. They are picture stories of loved ones; They
say what is important to us. You can see Mary takes great pain and love in painting
them. When looking at these paintings you would think she knew the people
because of the warmth portrayed by them.
All of Marys paintings convey some sort of message; Some more than others.
The paintings most dear to her heart convey the strongest messages about her
Christian faith. One painting in particular, Journey, shows the backs of two
children carrying Bibles and walking towards the light. Among them are dark trees,
branches, and roots reaching up with clawlike appendages. Pasted below the
children are actual newspaper clippings with headlines such as Two accused of
bringing guns to school, Heavy Metal Band Sued in Teenagers Suicide, and Arrest
Rate For Youths Soars in S.F. When this painting, titled Journey, is publicly
displayed, Crittenden places the scripture, Thy word is a lamp unto my path,
Psalm 119:105 beside it.
I included newspaper clippings in this painting to show that these things are
the things that pull kids down. But, if they walk towards the light
and read the Word, the darkness wont be able to get them. Her deepest desire
is that hearts be stirred towards Gods eyes; Opened to the truth that God is alive and
speaks to us through His word, the Bible. I just want God to get all the glory, she
said, Hes the reason I paint what I paint; He gave me the talent.
Portraits Fine Art
Paintings From Old Photos Inspirational
More about the artist:
Mary Crittenden resides near the lovely town of Yreka, California. And, if you are ever in the
area, you may call Mary and ask to view her studio. She would be happy to set up an appointment. Please
take time to view all four areas of Marys breathtaking artwork. Mary offers most of her Inspirational
paintings as lithographs (prints) and cards. All other artwork is negotiable. Mary can be contacted at either her e-mail address:
firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 1-530-475-0373
for more information or to set up an appointment.
For more information, contact Mary at:
104 Main Street
Hornbrook, CA 96044
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No images or text may be downloaded, transferred or stored on any electronic
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