Mary Elizabeth Duggan, SCA

"My focus is inside the horizon  on the ground where I walk and the places where I sit listening to, feeling and breathing the encompassing space."

Duggan is an Elected Member of the SCA as well as the Toronto-based Colour and Form Society. Actively involved with both groups, she has served on their executives, chaired awards, sat as a juror, set up CFS online entries, and joined with the SCA to encourage the recognition of excellence in landscape painting.


Duggan’s post-secondary art education was the intensive full-time, three-year studio and art history programme, Special Art 111, at Central Tech in Toronto. She received the Julius Griffiths Art Bursary [1972] awarded for all round art excellence. 


The week after graduation, Duggan joined the Royal Ontario Museum as a artist/craftsman. Next, she was hired by a major national retailer and by age 24 had become one of the youngest of very few women Art Directors in that sector. Then, for 25 years she worked as a professional Graphic Designer and held associate positions with two Toronto ad agencies as AD/Designer-of-record. Duggan's painting relies on that same creativity, originality and focus. Despite having limited time to paint, since 1978, her watercolours have been accepted into many shows including five CSPWC Open Water, and she has completed several commissions in that medium. The most significant was month-long (1990) on location to paint Oregon landscape and led to a decade of annual commissions based on the original fifty plein air sketches.


In 2001, Duggan refocussed on painting full time. She began to use acrylics which found immediate acceptance. Her acrylic Light Changes, was selected to be part of XXX, Visual Arts Ontario's 30th anniversary exhibition which toured the province 2005—2006. As well as two corporate purchases and award recognitions, she has completed several commissions in acrylics. Following several years devoted to family concerns then a move north, she is again painting full time.


Mary Elizabeth Duggan’s art is represented in private collections across Canada, in several US states and Ireland. Her paintings have been included in over 100 shows in Canadian venues. She lives next to Georgian Bay and paints everywhere.

Between Rock and a Hard Place [©2011, all rights retained], 51cm X 51cm, acrylic.


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