ABOUT MARY POW
My art practice is divided between two mediums. One: I create abstract, almost architectural, artworks out of fabrics that I cut and sew together. And two: I draw and paint using soft pastels, with a focus on portraits and nature.
I have an art studio in the historic Thorp Building in NE Minneapolis. I'm married to a wonderful man and together we have three kids, three cats, and an old house we adore.
Besides art, gardening is my favorite thing to do. I'm at my happiest when I'm making the things around me more beautiful.
I grew up in rural Minnesota, on a farm that had been in my family for generations. We didn't have cows, instead we had goats, ducks, chickens, rabbits, and even honey bees. I especially loved the hay barn, where my sisters and I would swing on a long rope that hung from the rafters. The little blue desk in my room was another joy, where I would sit for hours drawing, coloring, and writing. Everything in my life was either homemade or handed down.
Although I loved art as a kid, and I took every art class I could, I never dreamt I could be an artist. Instead I went to school to become an architect. I have a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Architecture from the University of Minnesota and a Masters of Architecture degree from the University of Washington, Seattle.