Mary Barton Nees is an adjunct member of the Art and Design faculty at ETSU. She was trained at Cornell University, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, and the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia, before earning her MFA in printmaking at ETSU. Her work is primarily abstract with landscape references. Her inspiration comes “from the outside in”: from the landscape, from Scripture and from poetry - all of which is “seeded with signs”. Mary considers art as language, a considered response to the aforementioned prompts. She works in various media: monotypes with mixed media, gestural landscapes using Chinese inks, watercolor, or cold wax. She has had opportunity to travel to China with her husband, training leaders. In 2006, Mary was invited to conduct a workshop and lecture the student body at the Luxun Academy of Fine Arts in Shenyang. She also has done several lectures at Shenyang University, PRC. A member of CIVA, Christians in the Visual Arts, she currently has a piece in a travelling exhibit here in the states called “Scribes of Hope II” juried by Timothy Botts. Cairn University in Philadelphia highlighted several of Mary’s monotypes in their gallery for the year 2012. Locally, she recently won third place in the Appalachian Art show. She maintains a studio in East Tennessee. Her body of work can be viewed at www.marynees.com, where she also keeps a blog.