I’m on the right with my daughter, Anne Elise, and my boys, Ivan and Copper.

MARY HASTINGS

My name is Mary Hastings and I’m an artist in Roanoke, Virginia.

Certain scenes catch my eye and I want to paint them. I’m drawn to moments in time and places that most won’t think are beautiful but I think have a beauty all their own. Sometimes it’s the color of a building or the light reflecting off a window that appeals to me and beautiful landscapes stop me in my tracks. I want to record places that might not be around in 10 to 20 years. 

I also enjoy painting animals, especially birds. I’ve always loved birds and I spend a lot of time at our farm in Rockbridge County, Virginia watching and photographing them. I photograph the area cows and other livestock as well and use these photos as a reference. I try to convey the personalities of the animals and pull out the different colors reflected in their fur or feathers.

I grew up in Santa Fe, New Mexico and was surrounded by art. I was especially influenced by Southwestern Art but I am also inspired by the works of Edward Hopper and Wayne Thiebaud as well.

I graduated from Eastern New Mexico University in 1988 with a degree in Graphic Design and Marketing. I studied drawing and painting but my main focus was commercial art. Since 1992, I have owned and operated Hastings Design Corp., a full-service advertising agency in Roanoke, Virginia. I’ve continued to draw and paint over the years, recently devoting more time and effort to oil painting.