Mary Lou Whitehorne loves getting into the great outdoors. Then she paints it.
Whitehorne's paintings use colour, form and perspective to recreate the feeling of "being there" — to share the experience of being immersed in some of Canada's most iconic and monumental landscapes. It's her way of sharing the joy of being outdoors in Canada.
She is uplifted by mountains, revels in hiking, swimming and paddling, and is inspired by the power and subtlety of nature with its endless variety. Earth’s many and magnificent landscapes, bathed in an ever-changing palette of weather, light and colour, provide infinite subjects of study for her paintbrush.
Her paintings capture scenes from her native Nova Scotia, from places she has travelled, and occasionally whimsical pieces that materialize from nowhere. Whitehorne has exhibited her work at the Craig Gallery, Art 1247 Hollis, Halifax Public Libraries, Mic Mac Mall, DASC boardroom gallery, Parkland's Kinross Hall, and at A Body in Balance gallery. Her paintings have found their way into private collections, from coast to coast, across Canada.
Working in both watercolours and acrylics, Whitehorne is a mostly self-taught artist. She has taken drawing and painting courses at NSCAD, and participated in workshops with well-known Nova Scotia artists. She enjoys and learns from working with other artists, and has been painting seriously for about fouteen years. Whitehorne is a retired Astronomy and Earth & Space Science educator, author, and curriculum developer.
Asteroid 144907 has been named "Whitehorne" in her honour.