Mary Robertson

Mary Robertson

Sierra Vista, AZ, United States

About Mary Robertson

I am an abstract painter working in oil, acrylic, and watercolor. I switch between mediums frequently, and I often experiment with a variety of tools. Experimentation and chance have been catalysts toward new bodies of work. My artwork is represented by Unsettled Gallery in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

Generally, I have painted in an abstract aerial landscape style, and I tend to favor a bright palette with lots of contrast. My painting process is explorative. I rarely plan a painting. Rather, I begin by making gestural marks. Those skeletal marks influence the direction of the painting, giving the process a beginning. Form is brought to life with the use of color, and I will often give "objects" subtle shadows to convey a sense of depth in my non-objective pieces, hinting at what I like to call "personification of form." A square of color appears to float with a small shadow under it, nearly making it an actual thing, and giving it a personality of sorts. The process of painting involves making these forms relate to each other, becoming a whole painting in the end.


2004- BFA, Art Studio, Painting Drawing, Magna Cum Laude


January 2021, Cochise Community College Library Commons: Mary Robertson Paintings 2015-2021, Sierra Vista, AZ

April 2016, Unsettled Gallery: Perfect Tangle, With Cassandra Lockwood and Jeanne Rundell, Las Cruces, NM

December 2015, Unsettled Gallery, Let's Go Ornamental, Las Cruces, NM

January 2015, NMSU Art Gallery, Las Cruces Creates, Las Cruces, NM

December 2014, Adobe Patio Gallery, Small is Beautiful, Mesilla, NM

December 2014 Unsettled Gallery, Let's Go Ornamental, Las Cruces NM

June 2014 Cutter Gallery, Eclectic! Selected as one of two special guest artists to exhibit with The Border Artists, Las Cruces, NM.

December 2013 Unsettled Gallery, The Border Artists and Friends Go Ornamental, Las Cruces, NM

August 2013 Unsettled Gallery with Jill Somoza, Las Cruces, NM

March 2013 Estrogenfest 2013: Women of WE.AD y Las Amigas
West End Art Depot, Las Cruces, NM

July 2007 Factory on 5th Street Group Exhibition
Various Artists
The Factory on 5th Street, Albuquerque, NM

April 2006 “Spring Forward” Exhibition with painters Robert Redus and Randy Scott
The Factory on 5th Street, Albuquerque, NM

June 2005 “Abstractions in Stone and Oil”
Exhibition with Sculptor Jeff Metz The Factory on 5th Street, Albuquerque, NM

March 2005 “XX: An Observation of Women’s History Month: “Works by Women Artists” Inpost Artspace, Albuquerque, NM

March 2005 “Inner Process” Exhibition with Painters Gil Gallegos, Robert Redus, and Chris Schilling. The Factory on 5th Street, Albuquerque, NM

December 2004 “Diary of Anomie” Solo Exhibition 500 2nd Street, Albuquerque, NM