About Mary Gwyn
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Call me Mary Gwyn. I go by two first names, Mary Gwyn or two initials, M.G. I never go by Mary. There are too many Marys in my family. It’s confusing. So, everyone is Mary Something.
Mary Gwyn Bowen is an artist, registered nurse and art instructor. In her art, she focuses on the beauty of Nature. Whether it is the flowers remembered from her grandmother’s gardens, wildflowers in our parks, the dynamic of a live event, the the striking color and energy of a sunset on water or the sweet intrigue of birds, Mary Gwyn finds a wealth of inspiration for her art all around our world. As a registered nurse, Mary Gwyn has researched art’s role in healthcare. She has taught botanical style watercolor for a number of years and now, botanical style colored pencils and mixed media, as well.
Mary Gwyn obtained a degree in nursing from Excelsior College, Albany, NY and a Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honors at the Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington, D.C. She has a Master of Arts in Art Education from the University of Florida, Gainesville, FL and has attended the University of Florida’s Arts in Medicine(AIM) Intensive. She is a member of the American Society of Botanical Artists (ASBA) and the National Art Education Association (NAEA).
She received the Cecil Wallace Fordham Award for the Visual Arts in Dallas, Texas. Mary Gwyn is a former fellow in the Evidence Based Nursing Practice Fellowship at Vanderbilt University Medical Center where she completed a research project using art in the cardiac rehabilitation process. She has presented a poster of the Art to Heart Research Project at Nursing Research Day at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, at the Tennessee Hospital Association’s annual conference, and to the University Hospital Consortium annual conference in Atlanta, GA. The Art to Heart Research Project was published in MEDSURG Nursing (Sept/Oct 2015), a journal of the Society of Medical Surgical Nurses. She Currently teaches painting workshops for adults at Watkins College of Art of Belmont University, Nashville, TN and a number of other Arts Councils, churches, Event Centers and museums. Her art has shown in festivals, galleries, and is in private collections.
A native Tennessean, originally from Dyersburg in West Tennessee, Mary Gwyn now makes her home in Jackson, TN.