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. Summers were spent playing at the beach and painting around her grandmother’s hotel in Ocean City, NJ. 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.
Hubley has traveled extensively throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. She is drawn to waterways and beaches everywhere she goes. She has sipped wine at the top of the Peak on Hong Kong Island, and enjoyed espresso in outdoor Italian cafes atop cliffs overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. 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 coastlines, and narrate life more fully through her paintbrush.
Her Florida Island in St. Augustine, FL
Mary Hubley lives and works in St. Augustine, Florida. “St. Augustine feels like an ancient Spanish 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 seashore.” Hubley regularly goes out into nature to do plein air painting.