Mary’s Food Artwork

Voyage LA

Today we’d like to introduce you to Mary Moran.

Hi Mary, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
I learned to love painting from my grandmother. She was a phenomenal painter. When I would go visit her as a little girl she would dress me up in a warn smock (her husband’s old white dress shirts) and we would paint with oils in her back yard. She would say, “oh the painting looks like a Monet” and I would feel so proud of my painting. For a brief time I went to Hollins University in Virginia and I mostly took art classes. I would load my easel onto my back with paints tucked away, and I would climb the hills around the college and paint the lush green fields and deep blue skies.

As I moved forward in my life, I went to culinary school and graduated, and for the last 20 years I’ve been food styling and I’m currently the Resident Chef at Traditional Home Magazine. I meticulously design and create food for editorial. It is my passion.

The pandemic hit, and I found myself as a teacher, mother, home cook and sadly my profession got put on the back burner. I began baking bread and painting.

In the last couple of years, I started taking a weekly art class, but over the pandemic, I found myself painting daily for as many hours as I could find in a day to relieve the stress and the pressure of the situation.

My inspiration and focus is and was food. As a chef and food stylist, I look at food differently than most. I see the lines, contours, ridges, blemishes and most importantly the beauty.

Sitting in the salon chair of my favorite hairstylist Troy Zestos, he mentioned that he wanted to have a new art show, and in that moment, I knew I needed to continue to push myself. Thus my Savor Summer Show was created. I painted large and small-scale paintings with acrylic of foods most prevalent in summer.

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