About Mary Hubley

I grew up part-time at the Jersey shore at my grandmother’s hotel just a block from the beach. My father was an avid deep sea fisherman, and I spent as much time scraping old paint off the bottom of his wooden boat as I did building sandcastles at the beach. Mom was a landscape painter who painted scenes of lighthouses, fishing boats, and beaches. I grew up painting the coastal world with her – the splashing of gentle waves, the savory taste of salt water on my lips, and the spicy scent of misty night air. Painting the coast is deep in my blood.

Mary Hubley is an internationally recognized award-winning coastal artist. Her beach and marsh landscapes are dramatic yet soft, with rich colors and soft edges.

I live on a Florida island where there is a never-ending source of salt water reference. And my travels have taken me throughout North America, Asia, and Europe, where I’m incessantly drawn to painting their coastal locales.

Hubley spent many years doing corporate art and book illustration. She has won awards in international art competitions, most notably first place in the Smithsonian Institution’s WaterWays exhibit, an award of excellence in a 2018 National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society (NOAPS) exhibit, and an honor award in the 2018 Richeson75 Landscape show. Her work has appeared in two Richeson75 books, two “Best of America Artists” books, and “American Art Collector” magazine. She gives regular painting workshops, does frequent plein air painting, and sells her work through prominent U.S. art galleries. –> See Mary’s Expanded Story

Watch a video of Mary discuss plein air painting in St. Augustine


Read the interview that goes with this video.

moonshell beachy decor painting
Moonshell – in situ painting

Artist Statement

“My art explores the whispers of the coastal salt air fused with a soft yet strong composition.

Every day, that means experiencing the soul of beach, birds, and people who surround me on my Florida island. Painting allows me to feel the world in depth. I’m excited about the beach and marsh nuances and translating them into the canvas.

I paint every day, and it seems there’s just not enough time to paint all my ideas.  I’m always experimenting from painting to painting, and I translate the world in different ways, depending on the moment. I constantly move between realistic and semi-abstract, which for me is the same thing; the only difference being how I feel about the subject on that day.”


Plein Air Painting with Mary HubleyMary Hubley is proud to be represented by several fine galleries.

To see her work, please stop by.

Lagerquist Gallery . Atlanta
690 Miami Cir NE
Atlanta, GA 30324

Camellia Art . Hilton Head
1 Office Way
Hilton Head, SC

Thornebrook Gallery . Gainesville, FL
2441-6D NW 43rd Street
Gainesville, FL

Hubley Gallery . St. Augustine
804D Anastasia Blvd.
St. Augustine, Florida

Award of Excellence winner in the NOAPS 2018 online show and a feature in American Art Collector Magazine.

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DARON.DEAN@STAUGUSTINE.COM Mary Hubley, a St. Augustine artists and gallery owner, paints on the south lawn of the Castillo de San Marcos during the Find Your Park Plein Air event Saturday morning, April 16, 2016.
Mary Hubley, a St. Augustine artist and gallery owner, paints on the south lawn of the Castillo de San Marcos during the Find Your Park Plein Air event Saturday morning, April 16, 2016. From St. Augustine Record article.
  • 2018 – Oil Painters of America 2018 14th Annual Great Paint Out, St. Augustine FL.
  • 2018 – National Oil and Acrylic Painters’ Society (NOAPS) Spring Online International, Award of Excellence winner.
  • 2018 – Richeson75 International Art Competition for Landscape, Seascape & Architecture, Richeson Gallery, Kimberly, WI.
  • 2018 – Oil Painters of America National Paint Out Exhibition, Steamboat Springs, CO
  • 2018 – Oil Painters of America Summer Online Showcase and Fall Online showcase
  • 2017-18 – St. Augustine Plein Air Paintout
  • 2017 – Oil Painters of America Eastern Regional Plein Air Exhibition, St. Simons, Georgia
  • 2016-17 – Flagler Beach Plein Air Paint-Out
  • 2016 – Smithsonian Institution Water/Ways Paint Out
  • 2016 – International Plein Air Paint-Out
  • 2016 – Plein Air Flagler exhibit at the Flagler County Art League
  • 2016 – Find Your park Plein Air, St. Augustine, FL, gave the paintout’s plein air workshop demo
  • 2016 – Wekiva Island Paintout, Quick Draw Event
  • 2015 – Oil Painters of America Plein Air Paintout & Exhibit, Galleria Del Mar, St. Augustine, FL
  • 2014 – Current – The Art Studio, St. Augustine Beach various shows
  • 2013 – 16 – Romanza on Aviles Paintout
  • 2013 – 15 – GNG Gallery, St. Augustine, FL
  • 2012 – 17 – Tim’s Wine Market, St. Augustine, FL, Three Solo Exhibits
  • 2012 – Blue Water Jewelers, St. Augustine, FL, Solo Exhibit
  • 2011 – St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce, “The Art of Business” Exhibit
  • 2010 – Beaches Gallery Tour, Jacksonville Beach, FL
  • 2010 – Schultz Center for Teaching & Leadership, Jacksonville, FL Exhibit
  • 2010 – Artistry at Belks Exhibit
  • 2009 – Jacksonville Symphony Guild Designer Showcase
  • 2009 – The Art League of Daytona Beach, Daytona, FL, “Florida Seen” Five-person exhibit
  • 2008 – 09 – Cousart Gallery, St. Augustine, FL
  • 2007 – 14 – 130 King Fine Art Gallery, St. Augustine, FL
  • 2007 – 08 – Holborn Gallery, St. Augustine, FL
  • 2007 – Pen Women art exhibit, St. Augustine, FL
  • 2006 – 2017 – First Street Gallery, Neptune Beach, FL
  • 2006 – 2016 – Fairfax Gallery, Ponte Vedra and Jacksonville, FL
  • 2001 -2018 – St. Augustine Art Association, FL, various shows

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tree paintings in richeson75 book
Mary Hubley’s Trees featured in the Richeson75 Small Works 2018 book.
Richeson75 Landscape, Seascape, & Architecture 2018 Show Winners – 3 award winning Mary Hubley paintings appear in this book

Bucket Bouquet (c) Mary Hubley
Bucket Bouquet 8 x 10

“I look for wild places, energy, color, and light. I study beach rocks, seashells, and pond ripples. I can practically feel the vibrations emanating from the objects of nature, and I try to tap into their secret energy.”

Professional Associations:

  • Oil Painters of America
  • American Impressionist Society
  • National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society
  • Plein Air Florida
  • Anastasia Plein Air, Founding Member
  • Flagler Plein Air
  • St. Augustine Art Association
  • The Beaches Art Studio, St. Augustine Beach
  • Past president, St. Augustine Pen Women


  • Thomas Edison State University, BA Humanities, Concentration in fine art and writing.
  • Served 2 years on Thomas Edison’s portfolio advisory board.

Related Work Experience:

  • Product Licensing illustration/design 1999-current
  • Bluefish Bay Publishing, book illustrator 1999-2006
  • McGraw-Hill Books & Gartner Group, director, managing editor/analyst 1990-2008
  • RCA Corp. and GE Corp, publication illustrator/editor 1980-1990
  • Freelance advertising illustrator 1985-1990