Gallery North Fine Art


Mary Knox-Johnson

My mother engendered in me a love for the sound and timbre of language from before I was born. She had the ability to color the world as she saw it, not as it was, and she passed this ability on to me. This ability to envision a world full of color, beauty and optimism lies at the core of my artistic being.

From my father I inherited the belief in the power of knowledge and the importance of an education. In college I learned form and function and how to put emotion on paper. I also discovered one of my passions: the theater.

The theater was the place where I could let my imagination soar. Color, texture, sound, lights, words, all intertwined like some magnanimous quilt of life.

I began teaching because I thought I could make a difference in the lives of my students. After 32 years in the classroom, I needed to color my life with more than the routine of a scool setting. I needed to grow and challenge my boundaries in areas where I had always had an interest but where life seemed to have intervened.

My ideas come from life itself and the many adventures I had growing up in a family of six children and a menagerie of animals. Memory serves me well and reminds me of the obligation handed to me by my mother’s gift to continue to inspire, especially in children, the need to dream and imagine. I hope to enthrall the soul of a child through the soul of my writing, even if it’s only for a moment.

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Currently Mary is an independent theater director/costumer & scenic designer. She specializes in weaving, writing and origami.