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Art balances my life. I became a nurse in 1966 and always felt like some part of me was missing.

I began my study of art and music in 1998 and found that missing part.

My husband and I have lived in Lake Arrowhead since 2000 and enjoy the beautiful people and surroundings.

I love color. I try to make my art colorful and funny. Animals are my favorite subjects. The personalities of animals are far more entertaining than people. I find painting old cars and trucks fun and challenging. Old automobiles actually have personalities.

I continue to take classes and try to learn something new every day. My fellow artists are my muses and help make me be the best I can be.

I am highly involved in the Mountain Arts Gallery. I currently co-manage the Gallery along with Joyce Johnson. The Gallery is a volunteer operation.

Mary L. Reider

I moved to the mountain, with my husband Larry, in 2010. Lake Arrowhead is our permanent home. I have been a registered nurse since 1967 specializing in Geriatric Rehabilitation. Since my retirement in 2010 I have been able to devote my time to art.

In 1998 I began classes at Miramar College in San Diego where I studied drawing and painting. After completing courses offered by the college, I enrolled at the San Diego Art Academy where I began acrylic painting and abstract art. In 2005 my interests turned to plein air painting. I spent the next two years studying plein air art at the San Diego Museum of Art.

I am a member of MAN, PAAR and the Museum of the Living Artist at Balboa Park, San Diego, CA. I have shown and sold my paintings at galleries in Old Town, San Diego; Escondido, CA; Ramona, CA; and the Art Museum, San Diego, CA.

My current studies include encaustic (wax) art, plein air and acrylics. My goal in art is to refine and improve my techniques so others can view the beauty I see in the world.

by Mary Reider