Brooklyn Watercolor Society


The objectives of the Brooklyn Watercolor Society are to further the creative efforts of its members, to spread knowledge and cultivate interest in the transparent watercolor medium.

Mary Beth Early

Watercolor Artist

Mary Beth Early

Mary Beth Early

Artist Statement

Making marks on paper in various media has been for me been a lifelong passion and meditation. I have studied at the Art Students’ League, and in continuing education classes at the School for Visual Arts, NYU, and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, and with two artists in their home studios.

I am drawn particularly to watercolor because of its technical possibilities, its transparency and light, its spontaneous appearance (despite careful planning and effort), and the restraint required to achieve a successful image. My aim is to capture the ineffable behind the appearance of landscape, built features, people, and animals. I sometimes paint directly from life, but also photograph what I find haunting or achingly beautiful, and then endeavor to render the feeling of the scene in watercolor.

Despite the above-mentioned passion, my formal education and professional career has been in occupational therapy, the education of occupational therapy assistants, and textbook writing. I was for almost 40 years a professor in LaGuardia Community College’s occupational therapy assistant program. Now retired, I am thrilled to have more time for one of my favorite occupations – watercolor painting.