Hi, We're Mark and Mary! Here's a little bit of information about Mary the artist,
Mark the savvy businessman and our little shop.
Mary Hramiec Hoffman was always drawing as a child growing up in the beautiful Petoskey and Harbor Springs resort area surrounding Lake Michigan's Little Traverse Bay. Encouraged by her artistically inclined parents, her drawing ability took on a life of it's own. She was enrolled in children's art classes at North Central Michigan College and the Crooked Tree Arts Center in Petoskey at a young age.
Mary continued to develop her talent and obtained her degrees in fine art from St. Thomas Aquinas College and Kendall College of Art and Design. After graduating Mary held the position of creative director at an advertising agency. In addition to the beauty of the Petoskey and Harbor Springs area, her inspirations emanate from memories reflecting experiences and sights from traveling the United States with her family of ten- 2 parents, 8 kids and the family dog in one of America's first motorhomes - her father expertly fashioned out of a GM delivery truck.
Charity has always been an important issue to Mary and Mark. A portion of all proceeds go towards local and national charity programs. Mary has lost several family members to cancer, including her father in 1985.
Mary is known for the delicate sensitivity portrayed in her oil scenes of northern Michigan. Her oil paintings reflect an appreciation of the fauvist and impressionist movements- she creates a pulsating vibrancy on the surface of her canvases. Behind the spontaneous brushwork and loosely applied colors in her paintings there is control that brings the elements into a structured whole. A series that has an impressive following is her "Happy" collection. These paintings commonly have polka dot skies and whimsical elements in them.
Mary exhibits annually at the Harbor Springs 4th of July Art Fair and the Charlevoix Waterfront Art Fair. She still resides in the same scenic resort area in which she grew up, with her husband and business partner Mark Hoffman and their four children. Mark was raised on the same beautiful shores of Lake Michigan, in Petoskey. He majored in finance and received his degree from Michigan State University. Mark upholds the business end of the company, so you'll frequently communicate with him to allow Mary time to paint. Mary paints on location as well as in her studio in Harbor Springs.
Please call Mark and Mary at 231-526-1011.
A percentage of all after tax profits go to cancer research and charity programs.