Work & Bio

Mary Anne Ludlam


Born in Oshawa, Ontario, 1931. Long-time resident of Toronto.
 / Died in April 28, 2016

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Mary Anne graduated in Interior Design & Architecture from the Ontario College of Art in 1954. As the recipient of the Gordon C. Leitch Travelling Scholarship she attended the Fontainebleau School of Fine Art & Music in France, during 1955.

For the next 25 years, she became a prominent contract designer involved in creating major projects in Toronto’s booming office towers. Her projects included corporate head offices, golf clubs, medical clinics and law facilities.
Her clients included Elizabeth Arden, Canadian Cancer Society, Canadian General Electric, Household Finance and the first head office of the Toronto Blue Jays.

In 1980, her interests changed into creating works in the medium of watercolour. By mid decade she had been elected to the prominent Canadian organizations CSPWC, OSA & SCA. As a participant in over 70 juried shows, Provincial, National and International  she has received over 30 major awards.

Her work is in both private and corporate collections around the world and she is represented by the Roberts Gallery of Toronto.

As a painter, she finds design in the world around her, in the city streets of Toronto, the hills of the Beaver Valley, the lakes of Ontario’s cottage country,  the fishing coves of Nova Scotia, the inlets of Newfoundland, the snow and ice of the Arctic, the vast spaces of the Prairies or the Inland Passage of British Columbia.

Her years as a designer have much to do with the way she paints. She responds to order, structure & balance, light, shapes & patterns wherever she finds them – in the land or the man made environment. Her artistic work depends on the visual, on finding and expressing design & pattern rather than from an emotional point of view.
Her subtle and unique colours are achieved by many transparent layers of water colour applied over many days.


I paint the world, not as it is but as it might be.

My years as a designer have much to do with the way I paint.
I respond to order, structure and balance, light, shapes and patterns – wherever I find them – in the land or in the man-made environment.
Hence my artistic work depends on the visual, rather than the   emotional.

The use of transparent watercolours allows me to express these images in a clear direct way. My subtle and unique colours are achieved by many transparent layers applied over many days.

Many owners of my work tell me they find it restful, relaxing and thoughtful, helping them to cope with today’s stressful society. When I paint the world as it could be, I am creating a more balanced atmosphere for all to see and benefit from. My background in design and order enables me to do so.

An early reviewer wrote:

“Mary Anne comes endowed with a special ease for blending realism with the abstract, adding at times a touch of wispy eeriness to her landscape paintings while preserving perfect balance at all times.”

A reviewer of my most recent exhibition wrote

“This is great work, an excellent example of the artist making a great painting
out of what some may consider very uninteresting subject matter.
True art comes from the mind of the artist. Congratulations.”

Studied at

Ontario College of Art, with Honours and winner of the prestigious Traveling Scholarship, 1954
School of Fine Art & Music- Fontainebleau, France, 1955
Workshops with various Canadian & American watercolourists

At O.C.A. she was mentored by
Carl Schaefer - on how to look at the world
John Martin – on design and grid layouts
Earl Wilson – on techniques in water colour.
While in France, she developed her unique colour palette under the watchful eyes of the then contemporary French masters Professors Remondet and Moutteau.


May Anne has received over 30 major awards in Regional and international juried exhibitions:
Curry’s Art Store Award, CSPWC 75th Open Juried exhibition, 2000
Grumbacher Gold Medal, CSPWC annual open juried exhibition, 1997
Best Watercolour, OSA 125th annual open juried exhibition, 1997
National Fine Arts Competition, Second in Landscape, 1993

Professional Activities

Mary Anne’s work has been shown in over 70 juried exhibitions, Local, National & International:
Adirondack Nation Exhibition of American Watercolours 1989,91,93,95,97,98,99,2000
Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour 1991,92,94-98,2000,01,02,04
Niagara Frontier WC Society National Exhibition (biannual) 1998,1990,92,94,96,98,2000
Ontario Society of Artists 1980,81-85,89,92,94,97,2003,06

Member of

Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour (CSPWC)
Society of Canadian Artists (SCA)
Association of Registered Interior Designers of Ontario (ARIDO)
Associate Ontario Collage of Art (AOCA)
Niagara Frontier Watercolour Society (NFWS)
Ontario Society of Artists (OSA)

Solo Exhibitions

Roberts Gallery 1988,90,92,94,2007,2010, 2015
Heliconian Hall, Toronto Heliconian Club, Toronto, 1998
Bancroft Public Gallery, Algonquin Arts Council, 1997
Horizon Art Galleries, Vancouver, 1993
Horizon Art Galleries, Edmonton, 1991
Beckett Gallery, Hamilton, 1986
Windsong Gallery, Mississauga, 1983, 84, 85
Rails' End Gallery, Haliburton, 1984
McDowell Gallery, Toronto,1981,82

Group Exhibitions

Retrospective Exhibtion, Nelson Park Creative Centre, Etobicoke, 2008
Coast to Coast, Celebration of Canadian landscape painting, Roberts Gallery, 2008
Three Watercolour Artists, Roberts Gallery, 2005
Waterways of Ontario, Roberts Gallery, 2003 (featured artist)
Artists Choice, Roberts Gallery, Toronto, 1988-2016
Water Colours of Fontainebleau, O.C.A., 1956


Bell Cellular
Weston Golf & Country Club
McMillan Binch
Tridel Corp., Skyview on Young
Sumitomo Bank of Canada The Great Lakes Reinsurance company
National Bank of Canada Maitland and Co.(Vancouver)
British Airways
Islington Golf Club
Glaxo Canada Inc.
IBM Toronto
C.I.L. Inc.
Four Seasons Hotels
Noranda Inc.
First Interstate Bank of Canada
Ontario Energy Board
Canadian Satellite Communications
Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants
Crown Life Assurance of Canada
Peat Marwick Thorne
Etobicoke Board of Education
Wellington Insurance Co.
Etobicoke Hydro Magna International Inc.
Rowney Artists' Materials
Whitehall-Robins Inc.
Fuji Film
Royal Trust Corp. of Canada
Rodman Hall Arts Centre
College of Nurses of Ontario
Royal Collection of Water Colours, Windsor Castle
Brewers Retail Ltd.
Seabord Surety Company of Canada
Richardson Greenshields of Canada
Proctor & Gamble Inc.