Mary Seymour Neely:

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 I grew up in Cherokee park in Louisville Kentucky trailing Beargrass Creek with my dog, my BB gun and my sketch book.
I owe my desire to paint to my childhood mentor, Miss Lucy Diecks, long time instructor at Atherton and the University of Louisville.
 My high school French text book was full of reproductions of paintings from the French Renaissance to the Impressionists and Post impressionists. In those pages I lost myself in little French villages with Pissarro, went to the ballet at the Garnier in Paris with Degas and wandered the Normandy fields of grain with Monet.
 My path was set to study Art and French in college.
It was a dream come true when I first painted in Monet's Lily Pond and sketched under Renoir's 200 year old olive trees overlooking the Mediterranean. 
For more than 23 summers now I've had the opportunity to study in France, painting "en plein air" in the footsteps of my artist heroes..