Artist Statement

To me, art is a path that has heart. It’s self-expression beyond words – a language that speaks beyond consciousness. When I make art I’m in the space of no beginning or end. I'm in what Deepak Chopra calls "the gap."

I was squiggling on walls as soon as I could hold a crayon. At the age of nine I began sewing clothes. My love of color, line and form began early, with a special interest in fashion design and architecture.

One of my favorite periods of art is Fauvism (early 1900’s). I relish the wild blue greens and vibrant pinks that bring alive forms bordering on the abstract.

Many pieces I create are my interpretations of thoughts, feelings and observations blended with the mystery and the beauty of what is around us, with a touch of humor when possible.

Artist Bio

Mary Gow is an award-winning fine art painter, photographer, mixed media artist and freelance writer. Since childhood she's developed her abilities as an astute observer of life. Growing up in the then racially charged segregated South, her family served Southern Cooking and Soul Food to a predominantly African American community in northwest Louisiana for 39 years. Her writing has appeared in publications including the Austin American-Statesman, New Texas Magazine and the New Bernal Journal. Mary's photographs have appeared in publications including newspapers including the Daily Texan, the Austin Chronicle, as well as in books, magazines and private collections. A review of her work appeared in the San Francisco Examiner in 2011.



Oct. 2016
Fall Group Show
Santa Clara Public Library
Santa Clara, CA

June 2015
Kalligraphia XIV, Group Show 
Skylight Gallery, San Francisco Public Library

April 2015 
Tuolomne River Film and Culture Fest 
Menlo Atherton Center for Performing Arts

Nov. 2014
ArtSpan Open Studios 
Gallery del Grotto
San Francisco, CA

Oct. 2013
Solo Show: Three Tiers of Joy 
Fellowship Gallery, Cultural Integration Fellowship
San Francisco, CA

Nov. 2012
Tiny Show 
Studio Gallery, San Francisco

March, 2011
Selected Works 
City College of San Francisco

Oct. 2009
ArtSpan Open Studios
Graphic Arts Workshop
San Francisco, CA

Oct. 2008
ArtSpan Open Studios
Graphic Arts Workshop
San Francisco, CA


  • Literature
  • Mixed Media
  • Visual Arts
  • San Francisco Bay Area
  • East Asian
  • Abstract
  • Digital
  • Drawing
  • Experimental
  • Illustration
  • Landscape
  • Non-fiction
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Watercolor