Once you have travelled, the voyage never ends, but it is played out over and over again in the quietest of chambers. The mind can never break off from the journey.”
— Pat Conroy
Travels with a Blue Vase, was suggested to me by a fellow traveler. Up to then I had one sketchbook from each trip. I carried a blue plastic vase with me so I could enjoy fresh flowers in my room, and sometimes it appeared in my paintings. Since then I have been delighted to find that some of my favorite artists also painted blue vases!
— Mary Ann Miller
Mary Ann Miller
Artist, Author, Teacher
Mary Ann Miller a native Floridian, born with the “go” gene. She is an art educator, professional artist and author, having taught elementary school art in Jacksonville for 26 years before retiring in 2006. Her work in transparent watercolor has been recognized throughout Florida as well as in France and England.
For the past 20 years she has been traveling to various parts of Europe following in the footsteps of artists such as Van Gogh, Monet and Matisse.
Sketchbooks from these trips have been combined to make the “Blue Vase” series of books. She lives with her husband in Jacksonville, FL, and teaches classes in “Travel Sketching” as well as art classes to adults with special needs.
Mrs. Miller’s philosophy of her art echoes that of Renoir who said, “For me a picture should be something likable, joyous, and pretty. There are enough ugly things in life for us not to add to them.”