“For me there is only the traveling on the paths that have a heart, on any path that may have a heart. There I travel, and the only worthwhile challenge for me is to traverse its full length. And there I travel--looking, looking, breathlessly.” – Carlos Castaneda

To me, art is a path that has heart. It's a language that I continue to learn. A language that delves beyond consciousness.  When I make art I feel like I'm in a timeless place where there is no beginning or end. Some might call it FLOW. Sometimes I resist it but it's a continual thread in my life. I've been in many juried shows and won awards. I've been sharing my art in public venues for over 20 years.

I enjoy the structure and components of art: line, color, shape, form, and design. This interest began early. I was squiggling on walls as soon as I could hold a crayon. I won the school-wide drawing contest at 10 (and also began sewing my own clothes). I was drawn to studying artists and designers of all sorts, from Leonardo Da Vinci to Frank Lloyd Wright. 


One of my favorite art movements is Fauvism (early 1900’s). I'm drawn to the use of wild colors that bring alive forms bordering on the abstract.

My creations reflect my thoughts, feelings and observations of life, transformation, and the beauty of emerging from oppression.

Mary Gow loves to make things. She's enthralled with color, line, shape and form. Her mission is to create works that inspire peace, harmony and love.    

She's drawn to gestural lines and vibrant chromatic intensity. Teachers who had the greatest impact on me were Patti Bellantoni at School of Visual Arts in NY, and Harvey Stein at the International Center of Photography. 

Here's what some people have said about my work:

"Gow’s sense of design is particularly strong. Form and color are varied, and her placement of forms is fascinating. A lack of conventional beauty or prettiness also characterizes her work. While Impressionist painters such as Renoir, Van Gogh or Toulouse-Lautrec created their work to give visual pleasure, that isn’t the case with Gow’s art, which has a starkness that gives the pieces strength, as well as a feeling of directness — a sense of coming straight to the point without frills. The austerity also adds to the already startling quality of the pieces."
-Murray Paskin, San Francisco Examiner

“The colors in your abstract work are so vivid and alive – and then the black and white. Just lovely. Haunting. (Even the photographs tend towards the abstract: much tension there between a recognizable 'image' and our perception of the “purity” of lines and related spaces). It’s as if another consciousness were pulling at us as we look at the world.”
– Jack Foley, Poet/Performer/Writer and Host of KPFA 94.1 FM’s “Cover to Cover” 3 PM (Pacific Time) on Wednesdays, in San Francisco

-"THANKS SO MUCH for this gorgeous splash of beauty on my wall! I came home and immediately on entering, it burst into my vision and would not let me go -- just as it did at your showing; and now i get to drink it in umpteen
times a day."
-Lisa Dollar, Founder of the Lysistrada Project

I'm drawn to the mystery and drama of photograms and experimental, expressive photography. Photograms are created by the light that shines from the enlarger and through objects placed on photo sensitive paper in the darkroom. Anyone who's taken darkroom photography is usually shown this procedure early on. My love of composition gets to play with the elements of design, highlighted through the interplay of light and dark.  
Thank you for taking the time look at my work!