Fine Artists of the midwest

All River Road Talent

Mary Katos

Garden Shed Studio

1451 W Longhollow Road, Elizabeth


My parents thought I should be an artist. They made sure I was trained well, encouraged my creativity, and sometimes tolerated the messes I made with paints and paper and clay. I attended college at the Institute of Design at Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago in the Graphics Design program. I had exacting instructors who gave me a high quality educational experience . There I learned technical disciple and developed a bit of an obsession with visual details. I do get lost in the details, but now I bring a camera with a macro lens to capture the image. I prefer work in the open air under natural light, but have also done some studio work for jewelry design. Every now and then I will change lenses and do some animal portraiture. I make my own prints on the type of fine art paper that best suits the image but I do prefer museum-quality rag or photo watercolor paper because of the way they bring color to life without the distraction of glossy paper. When I look at a finished image, I am a joyfully surprised to actually see that little interesting thing I photographed in the sunlight. My hope is that you will find that same joy, too. My photographs have been shown in the Hastings Museum, the Western Nebraska Art Center, and the Sidney Fine Arts Center. You can currently see my work at Loft 112 in Morrison, Illinois, and at my space at DejaWood in Elizabeth. I currently live outside of Elizabeth with my long-suffering husband, three dogs, six cats, four goats, ten chickens and three horses. I still make messes.