Mary Pat King was raised in Columbus, GA, and has always had a love for color and design. She graduated from Brenau University (Gainesville, GA) with a degree in education and returned to Columbus to start her family. She did not start painting until the late 1980s when she joined her sister, a stroke victim, in a painting therapy class. Her love for art was reignited.
In 1990, Mary Pat started an interior design business and quickly became a “go to” designer in Columbus and the surrounding area. During this time, she also discovered a local artist group. Through their work together, Mary Pat began to explore new styles and techniques. She knew that it was her passion to become an artist.
When she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007, she continued to decorate, but art became her therapy. She says, “It has been and still is a journey. Listening, learning and loving life every day.”
Mary Pat has participated in numerous workshops with renowned plein air artists Morgan Samuel Price, Angela Nesbit, and Ken Wallin. She also studies weekly with Columbus artist Jo Farris.
Her first solo show was in Columbus, December 2015, and the response was overwhelming. Her paintings have been on display at the Galleria (Columbus, GA) and currently, are available at the Blue Belle Artist Market (Columbus, GA). Soon, she will be showcasing her paintings at the Sunshine Village Art Gallery (Watkinsville, GA).
Through her use of color, Mary Pat expresses her joy for life. She has developed a technique that combines both abstraction and realism. This can be seen in her oil painting of flowers, beach scenes, children, and landscapes.
Mary Pat and her husband, Buford, live in Columbus with their three dogs. You can find her painting in her studio with a grandchild close by.