Photograph by Talbot Easton Selby featured in Canadian Art Magazine.  Mary Pat Turner in her Clemson studio.

Below, you can hear me in conversation with curator Mark Scala at the Frist Center for Visual Arts.  We are discussing an artwork for the Chuck Close Prints exhibition audio tour.  

Our talk begins at 35:44.


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Let's make art.

I make art, while my little boy paints beside me in his "studio".  I make art before anyone else is awake.  Making time to make art is worth it.    

I am a professional painter, however I also have a love of teaching, paper arts, writing, and making some pretty gorgeous dishes in the kitchen.  Like many women today, I balance a lot.  I want whatever I'm doing to be expressive, genuine, and investigatory.  

Much of my art is an abstraction of nature and food.  On a personal level, this helps me confront issues of identity by applying these subjects to themes of motherhood, home, and sexuality.  I enjoy abstraction for many reasons.  Primarily, it can strip away the literal and expose a more chaotic narration full of psychological and emotional impact.  With abstraction, I try to create a place to experience my psyche, where the viewer will also be confronted with their own fears, desires, or whimsies.      


I love to teach.

MFA . painting. Clemson University 

Past Experience as Adjunct Professor . Belmont University and Lipscomb University

I welcome you to view my resume at the bottom of this page.  I have experience teaching art to all ages and in a variety of institutions.  I also have experience as the Director of Education for the AIR program at K12 Gallery in Dayton, OH.  My objective is to create an atmosphere for learning that is both challenging and engaging.  Students are supported in artistic problem solving through the development of skills in a chosen medium, art criticism, and an understanding of art historical and contemporary context.  I believe class content should be fluid and embrace a particular group's learning styles, interests, and goals.