Mary's work is...

sublime, delicate yet powerful. Her use of color is sophisticated, and she evokes a mysterious quality in her work that is both emotional and playful. I enjoy looking at Mary’s pieces because they always say so much to me and I never get tired of looking at them.”

— Rima M., artist and art teacher

When I see Mary's art...

I am always reminded that she is a poet ­– curious and observant and open. Whatever she paints, whether flowers, shoes or portraits, she finds their personalities. When her work is abstract or includes words, I am equally moved by her color choices and kind, ironic wit. Her art is never sentimental.”

— Susan G., artist

Mary's art makes...

me feel serene and joyful! A sense of calm comes over me.”

— Julie U., artist

The Cause Continues

The Cause Continues

I was supposed to be at The Ambassador Hotel the night Robert F. Kennedy was shot. Although I had never met the senator, I was a “Kennedy Booster,” one of the high school and college students like those pictured in the film “Bobby.” My group from the San Fernando...

Joni’s Both Sides Then

Joni’s Both Sides Then

"I have always thought of myself as a painter derailed by circumstance.” -- Joni Mitchell in a June 8, 2000, article by Deidre Kelly in the Toronto Globe (“ ‘I sing my sorrow and I paint my joy’”) At the holidays, I often listen to “River” by Joni Mitchell:“It’s...

A Matter of Time

A Matter of Time

Today I went to my friend Linda’s celebration of life. It was one of the few times she was there before I was. Her decorative urn was placed on a table across from a watercolor I had painted of her years ago. I met Linda after I moved to Simi Valley in the ‘80s. We...

Recipes for Memories

Recipes for Memories

As a child growing up in California’s San Fernando Valley, I looked forward to letters and packages from my great-aunts Ethel and Mildred. Their sister was my maternal grandmother, and I’m grateful I was named after her and not Ethel or Mildred. My spinster...

Naming a Problem

Naming a Problem

Google “Mary Scott” and you’ll see why I use my maiden name, Kolada, as part of my professional name. There are numerous Mary Scotts, some also in Ventura, including another patient of my primary physician, which has caused confusion. Some people remember my name...