Mary Hubley grew up in the world of art. As a teenager, Hubley and her mother (watercolorist Idella Hallowel) would go on plein air adventures to paint the region, from Lancaster County, PA to the Pine Barrens of New Jersey. Plein air painting captured the immediacy of the moment. While Hubley focuses on oil paintings today, her early watercolor painting involved using the white of the paper, strong light and shadow, avoiding muddiness, restrained brushstrokes, and painting quickly.
Commercial Art Years
As a professional artist, Hubley worked as an illustrator for several Philadelphia ad agencies and corporations including 10 years with RCA Corporation. During this time, she created illustrations for corporate ads, video productions, and magazines. For a while, she painted part time while she pursued corporate life as a book editor for McGraw-Hill Books, a director for a Fortune 500 consulting company, and a web designer for her own web company. Also during that time, she illustrated over 20 books and trade magazines. She returned to oil painting full time several years ago. Hubley currently shows her work in her own art gallery in St. Augustine, Florida and several prominent Southern U.S. galleries. She gives regular painting classes and workshops, and has been included in many private collections worldwide.
Influences: Art Journeys
Hubley has traveled extensively throughout the U.S., Europe, and Asia. She has sipped wine at the top of the Peak in Hong Kong and espresso in outdoor Italian cafes. She has rafted the Canadian Rockies, kayaked through the Everglades, and recently got lost hiking in the Desert South West. Adventure travel has brought her an overwhelming desire to go further, explore more, and narrate life more fully through her paintbrush.
Home Turf Painting in St. Augustine
Mary Hubley lives and works in St. Augustine, Florida. “St. Augustine feels like an old Mediterranean seaside village. It has the same intensity of sunlight, warm summers, and mild winters. It’s beach casual – a place to practice yoga, beachcomb, and enjoy the outdoors.” Hubley regularly goes out to do plein air painting. She focuses on oil paintings around St Augustine beach, soft landscapes, and the destinations of life — the places she loves and has experienced first hand.