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Artist Spotlight: MaryAnn Nowak

April 7, 2023

Tinley Park artist MaryAnn Nowak has artwork on display at the library’s first floor Gallery Wall through June.

A Chicago native, MaryAnn resides with her family in Tinley Park. As a lover of the arts, she tries to capture life and humor and evoke an emotional response. She is able to convey the unique life, energy, and personality with each subject, ranging from animals to portraits to landscapes. MaryAnn prefers to work in pastels for the artistic challenge that they provide as well as the richness of color and depth. As part of her artistic process, she enjoys working from photographs and with each painting, tries to convey… “a picture is worth a thousand words.”

Read on to learn more about MaryAnn and her artwork!

Was there a defining moment in your life when you knew you were an artist?

MN: I sold a painting of a dog at the Palette & Chisel to a person I did not know.

What is your background? How does it inform your art and your poetry?

MN: I went to the Chicago School of Art and Design and took classes at the Art Institute as well as at the McCord Gallery & Cultural Center.

Where do you find inspiration?

MN: I find inspiration in almost anything. I have been doing a lot of animal portraits lately. The tilt of the head, the happiness, sadness, or mischief in the eyes is always a fun challenge to capture.

Who are some of your favorite artists?

MN: Daggi Wallace and Sir Lawrence Alma Tadema.

When people view your artwork, what do you want them to experience and think about?

MN: I would like people to feel a connection and an emotion.

MaryAnn can be contacted at

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