We had the good fortune of connecting with Mary Hone and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Mary, what is the most important factor behind your success?
I created something that was unique, and one of a kind. Taking my photography to a completely different place, set me apart from other wildlife photographers. I also make every one of my mixed media pieces individually, so every piece is unigue, and one of a kind. People easily recognize my work, and my collectors enjoy seeing what’s new.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I had been photographing wildlife for several years, but nothing I was doing was vastly different from every other photographer out there. In 2018, I had an idea to do something completely different, and unique with my wildlife images, and my “Off the Wall” series was created. These images were then used in my mixed media pieces, and I debuted them that fall/winter at art shows in Arizona. The reaction was incredibly positive. People love the uniqueness, and the more artistic way of seeing wildlife represented. Creating my art is a multi step process. Of course it all starts with my wildlife photography. Wild mustangs in particular are a passion of mine, and they are prominent in my work. I advocate for our wild horses and burros through my art, by bringing awareness to the issues surrounding them. I then get creative with the digital work, which can be fun and challenging all at the same time. Creating the mixed media pieces is time consuming, but incredibly gratifying. Seeing the completed pieces, then taking them to art shows for the world to see, is always fun. I love talking to people about my art, and I especially love when people seek me out at art shows, so they can see what’s new and add to their collection.
I recently started working on a new collection called, “Natural Elements.” I take abstract photos of plants, and other natural elements found were I photograph the wildlife. This brings the animals, and their natural surroundings together in a soft, and intimate way.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I would take them to visit the wild horses, and also the wild burros. I would take them hiking at White Tanks regional park, or to the Gilbert recharge ponds to see the birds.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My husband Al. He has encouraged me every step of the way, and I couldn’t do this without him. He is an artist himself, so he is a great sounding board for new ideas, and new images. He is my greatest cheerleader, and my best critic.
Instagram: @maryhonefineart @wildmustangsforever