Mary Ann Duffy Godin
My life’s journey led me through the public high school where I taught business and technology classes (mostly at Milton High School) for 40 years ending a successful career in teaching in 2005. I have always felt a creative spirit and believe it has followed me wherever I went in some form or another. With my five children grown and gone, my first career behind me, and my health and energy level primed to get the creative juices flowing, I decided that time was of the essence to do something for my own sake or maybe just for art's sake!
A fourth generation Vermonter, I grew up on a Vermont dairy farm in Milton, Vermont, where all things were homespun, homemade and homebound. There was time to be mindful—to look at things and take stock of one’s surroundings—a time that one might wish to recapture and preserve in some way because of its stark contrast to our lives today. “This may very well be my inspiration!”
My thoughts: Van Gogh in all his wisdom once stated that, “The best way to know life is to love many things”—you never know where you will find inspiration—with that thought in mind—it begs the question—what inspires us? We are all involved in the pursuit of happiness—this is the race to be won and we all can win it! Speaking as an artist, I believe that inspiration is essential to that goal and is the power that pushes the individual to do greater things than he or she ever thought possible. Inspiration is what motivates a person to step outside of herself to do grander things summoning something from inside. I believe that it is vital to transformation and is what keeps you chasing the dream and in the arena.
“For wherever your treasure is, therein lies your heart. ” The foundations of my inspiration are the things I treasure most. I have had the good fortune of studying under a few signature Vermont artists; however, I believe my successes have also come from me alone. My determination, daily painting, and strong connection to my subject matter are the basic ingredients that have expanded my skills and knowledge in watercolor.
Watercolor is difficult and an unforgiving medium for sure forcing one “to go with the flow”. However, until I reach my true greatness in watercolor, I would like to show you what I love and see out there. I paint things that I like to paint such as birds, fabric, barns, cows, trees, dishes, home-made little girls’ dresses—anything really that suits my fancy along the way.
“I have responded to the world around me painting ordinary things we look at every day but sometimes do not see. I have shown you what I have seen and loved and maybe you will see it and love it too."
*Mary Ann is a member of the Milton Artists' Guild, the Vermont Watercolor Society, and the Vermont Handcrafters, Inc. She has been accepted into several state-wide juried shows by the Vermont Watercolor Society and was recently awarded “Signature Status” for her work in watercolor by the VWS. She was also juried into the Vermont Handcrafters for her watercolor paintings. Last, but not least, Mary Ann has also been awarded at the Champlain Valley Fair for her artistic talent. She continues to be a contributing and vibrant member of the Milton Artists’ Guild. In addition, this artist has donated her art to causes that help people succeed in their pursuit of happiness.
Her work can be seen at www.maryannduffygodin.com.
Mary Ann can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.