Paintings in Watermedia: The Art of Mary Backer

Sunsation watercolor painting
60" x 40" watercolor painting

open quote Mary was always in love with watercolor.

I find inspiration in everything that surrounds me. I strive to give the viewer a heightened awareness, to stimulate the richness of their surroundings. People often miss the beauty around them, I like to help them see it more fully through my paintings.

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Featured Paintings

Southern Exposure watercolor painting

Southern Exposure

41" x 29" watercolor painting

Patchwork #3 watercolor painting

Patchwork #3

29" x 41" watercolor painting

Interlude watercolor painting


41" x 29" watercolor painting

Painting Demonstration

Come tip toe through the garden with me ... it is my hope you will enjoy the experience!

Mary explains and illustrates the process by which a watercolor painting is finished as an acrylic over watercolor, using the painting Country Charmers as an example. Travel with her through each step and see how the artist works.

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Watercolor in Bloom: painting the spring and summer garden

Watercolor in Bloom: Painting the Spring and Summer Garden

Using an uncomplicated palette and simple techniques, Mary Backer shares the secrets behind her prize-winning watercolor flowers. From first strokes to final touches, you'll learn everything you need to know to paint brilliant orange poppies, plump peonies, graceful lotus blossoms, classic roses and other garden favorites.