Mary’s winter canvases are set in snowy rural hills and dotted with folks skating on ponds, making snow angels and sugaring off.
In Caledon artist Mary Scattergood’s world, memory is all. She maps her personal history and that of family members onto real and imagined country topographies. These scenes stretch as far back as the early 20th century, when one-room schoolhouses, small churches, horse-drawn sleighs and old-timey community events reigned. Her work gives a nod to the style (and era) of American folk artist Grandma Moses – sweet, but not saccharine. “I try not to make it cute,” says Mary. Outsized farm animals star in primitive folk pieces. Her winter canvases are set in snowy rural hills and dotted with folks skating on ponds, making snow angels and sugaring off. Mary says she portrays “the best parts of the past,” underscoring her artistic mission to “convince people to be kind to each other.” Watch for spring show news at maryscattergood.com.