“Make a picture in your mind of who you want to come to your house and to your dining room. It’s like Thanksgiving, you’re sitting at a table, and you can imagine who you want to come to your house and have dinner. A few of my family, Maurice Benard, my cousin Sally Jeffries, Carmine on Laverne and Shirley. Picasso. Van Gogh.
My inspiration comes from books, shapes, my religion, and celebrities. My favorite material is colored pencils because none of the colors are alike, it feels like butter, with brighter colors. I like to blend because I get more colors that way. It feels great, wonderful, to make artwork, warm and happy feelings. So… magic. Magical. I like response to my paintings, from anybody, that feels really good. “ – MTB
Mary T. Bevlock began making artwork at the Center for Creative Works in 2010, when she started making portraits of her favorite celebrities. Bevlock is passionate about advancing herself as an artist, and her work continues to grow in innovative ways as she seeks to develop skills with new materials. Working largely from a collection of images she has collected over the years, Bevlock’s practical and goal-oriented approach to art making is systematized and focused. She begins the day by checking in with her friends and colleagues at the studio diligently preparing her workspace. When she works, Bevlock brings a combination of meticulous rigor and unbound improvisation to her practice. Her passion for color inspires an unexpected and innovative palette, and her detail‐oriented mark-making articulates bold, sensitive line. Recently, Bevlock has focused on developing a series of religious portraits in calligraphy ink and colored pencil.
Bevlock likes basketball, weaving, and bowling. Her favorite television shows are CHIPS, General Hospital, Matlock, Happy Days, Laverne and Shirley, and Little House on the Prairie. Mary is also inspired by music, which she listens to on her walkman while drawing and painting, particularly Captain and Tennile, The Carpenters, Kenny Rogers, the Monkees, John Denver, all of Barry Manilow, and Andy Gibb. She is inspired by Samantha, Mark, Michael Smith, and Chris Coyle, and maybe a little bit of Jordan.