Mary Cornish

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Mary Cornish

United States

Mary Cornish will tell you her art and creative spirit have always been a determining factor in her approach to life. She was raised in the Puget Sound area of Washington state and received her early art training from William Tartaglia and Grace Wagner.  She received the National Scholastic Gold Key Art Award in Painting during her Senior year in High School, cumulating with a group exhibit at the Frye Art Museum in Seattle, Washington.  


After attending Northwest College of Art, she started a successful business creating business and corporate identities.  Years later, she fulfilled her original dream and began painting professionally.  Mary slowly built her following through word of mouth, later reaching wider audiences through National and International exhibitions.  She has won numerous awards for her artwork. Mary has had solo exhibits throughout the United States.  Her paintings have appeared in shows across the United States such as the American Academy of Equine Art, Women Artists of the West, Art at the Classic, Oil Painters of America, Worldwide Art Renewal Center’s Salon, and Woodson Art Museum’s famed “Birds in Art”.


She has also participated in International shows such as "WILDLIFE TREASURES" Nature in

Art 2017”, Gloucester, UK, in 2017  and   

2018 Sketch for Survival Tour

29-30 September – Wildlife & Safari Show Harrogate Convention Centre, Yorkshire. 

17-21 October – gallery@oxo Oxo Tower Wharf, South Bank, London. 

1-4 November – Conde Nast Luxury Travel Fair London Olympia

7-8 November – Walcot Chapel Gallery, Bath Walcot Gate, Bath BA1 5UG. 

14 November – The Explorers Club, New York, USA  

15-17 November – Salmagundi Club, New York, USA

23-25 November – Crypt Gallery, Norwich Cathedral Close, Norwich NR1 4DD 


She is also featured in the publication Strokes of Genius3, The Best of Drawing, Fresh Perspectives by Rachel Rubin Wolf, and Art Journey Animals-A Collection of Inspiring Contemporary Masterworks, edited by Jamie Markle. 


Her paintings are included in private, corporate, and museum collections in the United States and worldwide including Australia, Estonia, and Italy.  She counts among her collectors: Washington State's Arts Commission Collection; Royal Hawaiian Hotel in Honolulu, Hawaii; Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation; and the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Museum, Wausau, Wisconsin.


Mary can be found working in her studio, near the Blue Ridge Mountains in Warrenton, Virginia, where she resides with her husband, Mark Hicks; a master artisan in wood.  


List of Awards, and other pertinent information: 


2012 Smithsonian Artist’s Research Fellowship Finalist 

Finalist Artist Magazine 

Finalist Art Renewal Center 

Grand Prize Winner International Artist Magazine Wildlife 

Woodson Museum Wausau, WI Birds in Art 2007-2014, 2016, 2018, 2020, 2022  Bennington Center for the Arts Bennington, VT Wildscapes 


Signature Member of Society of Animal Artists’ 

Oil Painters of America Associate Member 

Portrait Society of America Member 

Cecilia Beaux Foundation Member

Artists in Middleburg Member

National Museum of Women in the Arts Member



* This statement has been provided directly by the artist in association to their 16th International ARC Salon entries. This content has not been edited for typos or grammatical errors and has not been vetted for accuracy.