Raised in Erie, Pennsylvania where she began drawing and painting as a child, Mary Rinderle Smith launched an early art career with a B.A. in Art from Mercyhurst College. She spent several years teaching art in the elementary schools of Long Island, New York. After a lengthy hiatus from the art world, pursuing a long career in education, Mary has returned to her first love, painting.
During the past several years Mary has developed relationships with Wayne Art Center, Chester County Art Association, and the Delaware Valley Art League where she serves on the Board of Directors. She is also a member of the Howard Pyle Studio Group in Wilmington, DE, Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painter’s Association, Maryland Pastel Society, Lancaster County Art Association, the Tampa, Florida Pastel Society, and the Philadelphia Watercolor Society.
Mary has studied with local pastel artists Donna Cusano, Teresa DeSeve, and Madeleine Kelly, and nationally known pastelists Richard McKinley, Sally Strand, and Casey Klahn. She has participated in figure work and oil painting workshops with several local groups. Mary paints each summer with the Howard Pyle Studio artists and a Brandywine Valley Plein Air group.
Mary seeks to observe people and their place the world around them. She finds inspiration in the beauty of the natural world. As a painter, Mary works to emphasize the energy of each scene while she looks for warm lights, rich colors, and strong shadows. Recent work has included plein air landscapes and figure studies in charcoal, oil, and pastel.