Mary Anne Dente
Explorations in Acrylic and Collage

Mary Anne Dente


Painting and drawing have always been a part of my life. Training has included courses at Central Technical Art School, Sheridan College and the Haliburton School of the Arts. I have also learned much from the mentorship of the fine artists affiliated with The Etobicoke Art Group. Since retiring from full time teaching I have been able to pursue my passion to paint, create and develop my skills on a full time basis.

Although my painting journey began as a watercolorist, I am presently enjoying the texture and variety that acrylic and collage have to offer. I work intuitively, building my paintings in stages, adding to and taking away from the image as it develops on the canvas. Collage may be used at times to enhance the composition, as well as add interest, complexity, and texture. Sketches and photographs are always a starting point for what usually becomes an expression of place or subject.

Inspiration is gleaned from places visited, and people met, both at home and abroad. My goal is to capture the vibrancy of nature and the atmosphere of place.

My various works of art, whether they be watercolours, acrylics, collages, or hand painted Muskoka chairs, can be found in corporate and private collections throughout Canada and the United States.