Mary Ann Dente

Expressing my love of the natural world through drawing and painting has been a life-long passion. I am moved by the rhythm and resilience of nature as seen in forests and landscapes, seascapes, or even the tangled mass of a garden. In my travels, I paint the scenes that move me, attempting to capture the vibrancy of nature and the atmosphere of place. Regardless of my subject, texture and colour tend to be dominant elements in my paintings.

Oil and acrylic on canvas or birch panel are my preferred materials. I enjoy the viscosity and immediacy of oils, as well as the glazing and layering potential of acrylics. At times I employ India ink drawings and acrylic washes to set up my composition. I then continue with oil and try to complete the balance of the painting in one sitting in order to achieve a dynamic and energetic result. Recently I have been building up my compositions using transparent oils. I generally work with plein air sketches and photographs which I work up in the studio. I also paint directly “en plein air” using oils.

My training has included working with artists at Central Technical Art School, Sheridan College, Neilson Park Creative Centre, and the Haliburton School of the Arts. I am a member of the Colour and Form Society and Artworks Oakville. Since retiring from full-time teaching I have continued to practice my craft as well as conduct art workshops for children and adults in my studio in Stratford, Ontario. My work can be found in private collections in New Zealand, Florida, California, Miami, and Ontario. Presently I am showing work at Village Studios in Stratford, Ontario.

Appointments to visit my studio can be made by calling or texting 416-710-1905 or contacting me through my website or