1102 Oakmont Dr
Joplin, MO 64804
Mary Datum is an artist living in Southwest Missouri in the city of Joplin. She was born in Oklahoma and raised in Northern California and Nevada. Mary began drawing at an early age. She was encouraged in her art by her parents and teachers. As a young child she was able to make frequent excursions to the San Francisco fine arts museums. The De Young and the Asian Art Museum were her favorites. These art museums were inspiring and she would often try and duplicate the art she had seen. Now, her primary source of inspiration for her diverse subject matter comes from the simple things in nature or around the home and in the beauty of Southwest Missouri Ozarks. Ms. Datum has exhibited her art work in group exhibitions including the Spiva 67th Annual Membership Show, Joplin Regional Artists Coalition show "Harvest", Joplin Regional Artists show "Anything Goes", “Thomas Hart Benson Art Competition”, “Herman Jaeger Fine Art Competition”, Joplin Regional Artists Show “Beyond Compare”, Spiva Art Center “Small Works Auction” and forthcoming exhibits in the Spiva 68th Annual Membership Show. Her art can also be seen at ArtForms Gallery in Pittsburg, Kansas. Her art work is in many private residences throughout the Midwest and California. She participates in workshops to expand her knowledge and continue to grow as an artist. She feels that painting is a lifelong process of learning and growing. She currently is a member of the Joplin Regional Artists Coalition and Oil Painters of America.