Rich in surface texture, Mary Pfaff’s paintings and drawings explore life’s experiences, the mysterious beauty of nature and celebrate the sensuality of painting. Pfaff uses an intuitive blend of painting and drawing, working with a variety of mark-making tools. Influenced at an early age by Abstract Expressionism and later by the calligraphic style of artists like Cy Twombly and Joan Mitchell, she has spent years developing her distinct personal abstract language.
Since graduating with distinction from the faculty of fine arts at the University of Ottawa in 1990, her evocative paintings are shown in solo and group exhibitions in Ottawa, Toronto and New York. Pfaff’s work can be found in the City of Ottawa public art collection, most notably at Centrepointe theatre. Her work has been acquired by private collectors throughout Canada, California, the United Kingdom, Australia, Africa and New Zealand. Pfaff works from her studio at 15 Bridge Street, Almonte, and teaches workshops on a regular basis.