Mary Lauren Karlton has been fascinated by art ever since she can remember. As a child, she would spend many hours sketching, painting, and poring over art books. In addition to the visual arts, she has always pursued other passions that enrich her personal expression and fuel her inspiration—music, dance, writing, travel, and a love of nature.
Mary is both worldly and artistic. With a Bachelor of Arts from Northwestern University and a Master of Arts from the University of Toronto, Mary is a professional writer, published author (a novel, a translation, poetry, and numerous articles), and CEO of GigPros, Inc., her creative services corporation that works with premier companies in Silicon Valley and beyond.
She has studied painting and intaglio printmaking in Chicago, San Francisco, and Santa Fe. Her style is eclectic, ranging from realism to rich, highly textured works that combine elements of collage, photography, and abstraction. She is captivated by the versatility and expressive potential of acrylic media. As a writer, Mary delights in capturing a mood or story with elegance and precision. She informs her paintings with the same intent. Her heroes in the art world are multifaceted and innovative—DaVinci, Lautrec, Van Gogh, Picasso, Dali, Magritte, Klimt, Schiele, O’Keefe, DeKoonig, and Richter.
Mary enjoys her life on the scenic central coast of California with her husband, Peter Sterbach—musician, composer, producer, and photographer.
• “Artspan San Francisco.”
• Pacific Art League
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