Mary Ellen Carver

Mary Ellen Carver

I have always admired watercolors and in 1994, in semi-retirement, while living in Florida, I decided to take my first, ever, art class, in watercolor. The following year, I began pastel classes. At age fifty-nine, my journey began. My advice to others, “Do not to be afraid to pursue new interests, no matter what your age!”

My husband and I returned to Canton in 2003 and I joined area art groups, including Illinois Art League, Peoria Art Guild, Galesburg Civic Art Center, and The Fulton County Art Council.

Over the years, I have continued to take classes and workshops, in Florida, New Mexico, North Carolina, and Illinois.

I have exhibited in several group shows in Florida and Illinois. Most recently, I had a solo exhibit at the Blick Gallery at the Galesburg Civic Art Center and The Time Gallery in East Peoria.

For several years, I have taught watercolor classes for the Spoon River College Outreach Program and, also, do some private classes where I love to share my love of watercolor.

My subjects consist of landscape, still life, figures, animals, floral, and some abstract done in watercolor, pastel, ink/watercolor, watercolor/pastel.

In addition, I have designed fourteen book covers, including two of my own, eight for my writer husband, Brooks Carver, and other writer friends.