Mary Lou Hiller is a lifetime arts educator and painter in watercolour and acrylic. She works out of her home-studio in Waterloo, Ontario. Educated at the Universities of Waterloo and Western Ontario and the Ontario College of Art, she continued to be instructed and inspired through many workshops in Canada, the United States, Europe and Indonesia. Some of her notable mentors are Laurie Wonfor Nolan, M. Douglas Walton and Gordon MacKenzie. Her work has been exhibited in solo, group, juried and curated shows and been honoured with awards. Consistent sales from exhibitions, galleries and commissions have brought both private and public placements. She has participated with arts organizations such as The Central Ontario Art Association, the Kitchener-Waterloo Society of Artists, the Waterloo Community Arts Centre and has held an executive position at the UpTown Gallery in Waterloo for many years. Her work is naturalistic, sometimes expressionistic, with colour, light and form being the most dominant elements. She is always exploring new media and methods of expression. She has worked in collage, multi media and has designed works for children. As a teacher she has done many demonstrations and lessons for small groups and ran the Waterloo Community Sketchclub for thirteen years.
Statement: For me, painting is the exciting union of observation and creation.
It is a give-and-take process of communicating what I see, how I feel, while
allowing the process to surprise me with endless ways of expression.