Though MaryLou Shuff Andrews spent her first 18 years in Illinois, she has been blessed to have rooted friendships in number of states, from Wisconsin to Texas to the east coast. Early in her life she demonstrated a love for art and people, which has carved her life’s history. The combination of these two gifts from God led her into art education. For a time she detoured from art, and taught elementary education until 1993 when she was asked to fill a newly opened art position. Within a year and with her husband’s encouragement, she also began to seriously create her own art. Her mentor, Eldon Faries, provided her with a strong understanding of watercolor and art principles, stretching her artistic growth, but also encouraged her in participating in exhibitions and continuous education. She continually takes workshops from nationally and internationally known painters still today.
MaryLou’s paintings have been accepted in and received ribbons in local, state, national and international exhibitions. Her work is in private and business collections across the U.S.
She is the co-president of the Chesapeake Bay Watercolorists (CBW), a signature member of Watercolor Art Society-Houston, a member of the Virginia Watercolor Society, Southside Artists Association, Suffolk Art League, Perquimans Art League, the National Watercolor Society, and American Watercolor Society. She also is the co-chair for the Virginia Watercolor Society’s 2021 Exhibition and Workshop. She continues to invest the love for art in young people, teaching two days a week with KEYS (Kingdom Education for Young Scholars), an umbrella school supporting home schooling families.
MaryLou holds three degrees: B.S., Bob Jones University (1969); and M.Ed., Clemson University (1973); Ed.S. in Art Education, Georgia State University. She is a retired art teacher with 45 years of experience, was recognized as Teacher of the Year in two school districts, served as Fulton County Mentor for district art teachers, National Board Certified Teacher from 2001 through 2021; a new resident to Virginia since April 2017.
When not painting, MaryLou enjoys her husband of 50+years, their two children and their spouses, and their 9 grandchildren, who also love art!
Party of Hens
An Invitation to Sit