Artwork by Mary D. Ott




         I am one of eight artists from Touchstone Gallery who will be part of the SUPERFINE! DC 2018 contemporary art fair. The fair hours are October 31 from 8 to 11 pm (Masquerade Vernissage on Halloween), November 1 through November 3 from 11 am to 10 pm, and Sunday November 4 from 11 am to 8 pm.

       SUPERFINE will take place at Dock 5 @ Union Market, 1309 5th St., NE, Washington, DC 20002. We will be in booth #2. To obtain a ticket, go to, and enter the code DCARTLOVER to obtain a 30% discount on the ticket price.

       At SUPERFINE I will be exhibiting paintings that I created in an unusual way. For each I started by painting a solid color on a canvas using either acrylic or metallic paint. Then I used a few strands of embroidery yarn to apply the linear elements to the painting. I ran the yarn through a “puddle” of acrylic paint and then used the yarn like a fine brush to apply the paint. I achieved the effects I wanted by doing this many times with different colors of paint. Sometimes the paintings appear to be of grasses, and I call these works my “grass paintings.” Some of the paintings that will be at SUPERFINE are shown below.






         Reviews of the works in this series are in the next section


        My work can be seen at Touchstone Gallery, 901 NY Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20001, and on Touchstone’s website


       Please contact me if you are interested in my work. My e-mail is












                                                                            Review by Mark Jenkins. On website February 17, 2017.

   In print February 19, 2017.





Excerpts from review by Mary Mei. On website February 24, 2017.

Natural Simplicity: Metallics at the Touchstone Gallery

At first glance, Mary D. Ott’s metallic paintings seem to be characterized by their lack of complexity; her aptly titled piece “Gold on Black” refers to a dark canvas interrupted by thin, golden strokes, while “Copper” is a copper backdrop interspersed with flashes of silver. However, upon further inspection, Ott’s allusion to natural elements becomes noticeable, and one is able to appreciate the elegance of her pieces.

Metallics: Paintings and Prints at the Touchstone Gallery is surprisingly diverse in its composition. A collection of metallic paintings is accompanied by a compilation of prints, which are made from intricate etchings. The complex process Ott uses to create her pieces is contradicted by the effortless feel of her final products, as what looks like an uncomplicated stroke is actually the result of many different techniques.

For Ott, every metallic painting starts with applying a base layer to a canvas. Embroidery yarn dipped in acrylic paint is then used as a fine brush. The series of etchings titled “Wide Grass” were printed from a zinc etching plate, while “Grass Bouquet” and its successive versions involve the use of dried ornamental grasses (which were pressed against the zinc plate). Ott also employed nitric acid in preparation of the etching. Screen printing techniques were used in the final steps of the process.


There is something very enjoyable about the unpretentious nature of Metallics: Paintings and Prints. Instead of being prompted to search for some deep, metaphoric message, the viewer is encouraged to simply focus on the natural implications of the artwork and to observe Ott’s use of lines and strokes. Viewing this exhibit is comparable to viewing a field during a strange sunset. The colors and shadows have been slightly distorted, lending a strange and graceful appearance to the landscape. This is especially true of Ott’s “Wide Grass” etchings, which offer a unique perspective on the depiction of an extensive grassland.








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Color!  Paintings by Mary D. Ott




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Grass Etchings and Paintings




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Page revised October 2018.