I walk around, looking at the world. I am interested in graphic order, architectural lines, trees, images with mystery, abstract shapes. I like to pursue subjects in depth, those that promote thoughts, feelings, or an impression. I create images that have a quiet subtle impact or make a bold statement.
I tend to use longer (telephoto) lenses and then remind myself to look at the larger picture. I end up going closer and cropping, always trying to simplify, to find the essence. I frequently use a tripod, as I can see better with one. I care about sharpness when sharpness is required, but I also like the pleasure of motion photography, which is very freeing.
Many photographers have influenced me. Freeman Patterson of New Brunswick, Canada has been an important influence throughout my career. He is a master of the art of seeing and I have been drawn to his photography, both visually and emotionally. I learned a lot about motion photography from Richard Martin of Kingston, Canada, who helped me learn the freedom to ‘play’ with my camera, along with Andre Gallant, another Canadian, who has emboldened me to experiment and push the limits of creativity.
I am sometimes asked if my photographs are paintings, perhaps because of their emphasis on composition, color and line, shape and form. These painterly qualities often elicit a range of emotional responses. My intention is for viewers to appreciate the whole composition, and especially the quiet places in my work.
2019 "Nature’s Designs," Smith Ranch Art Exhibition, San Rafael, CA
2014 "Oaxaca and Cuba," Brewer Phillips Design, San Rafael, CA
2013 "Oaxaca and Cuba," Founders Gallery, Art Works Downtown, San Rafael, CA
2012 Guest Artist, Riverfront Art Gallery, Petaluma, CA
2012 "Cuba," Lobby Gallery, "142 Throckmorton Theatre". Mill Valley, CA
2011 Guest Artist, "Early Fall Show", Riverfront Art Gallery, Petaluma, CA - Westamerica Bank, Sausalito, CA
2010 "Color and Light," Brewer Phillips Design, San Rafael, CA
2019 CPA Members’ Juried Exhibition, Center for Photographic Art, Carmel, CA
2019 Group Exhibition, Riverfront Art Gallery, Petaluma, CA
2019 "The Garden," National Juried Exhibition, Still Point Arts Gallery and Arts Quarterly (Spring), Brunswick, ME
2018 "The Human Form," Pacific Art League, Palo Alto, CA
2018 "Portrait: Image and Identity," Black Box Gallery Online, Portland, OR
2018 "Color Space: Contemporary Photography" Black Box Gallery Online, Portland, OR
2018 Members Exhibition, Art Works Downtown, Marin Civic Center, San Rafael, CA
2017 "Still Point IX," National Juried Exhibition, Still Point Arts Gallery and Arts Quarterly (Summer), Brunswick, ME
2017 "The Art of Structure," National Juried Exhibition, Still Point Arts Gallery and Arts Quarterly (Fall). Brunswick, ME
2017 "Nature"s Texture," National Juried Exhibition, Still Point Arts Gallery and Arts Quarterly (Winter), Brunswick, ME
2017 "Reflect and Engage," Juried Exhibition of Bay Area Photographers, The Image Flow, Mill Valley, CA
2017 CPA Members" Juried Exhibition, Center for Photographic Art, Carmel, CA
2015-2018 "Inspired Images," Marin Photography Club Group Show, Civic Center, San Rafael, CA
2013 Marin Open Studios, Image Flow, Mill Valley, CA
2012 "2012 Group Show," Image Flow, Mill Valley, CA
2012 "Showin' on the River," Juried Photography Show, Riverfront Art Gallery, Petaluma, CA
2011 Marin Arts Council Winter Exhibit, Marin Arts Gallery, San Rafael, CA
2011 "Showin' on the River," Juried Photography Show, Riverfront Art Gallery, Petaluma, CA
2011 "Unveiling, Twelve Artists to Watch in 2011," Marin Arts Council Group Show, Marin Arts Gallery, San Rafael, CA
2010-2016 Group Art Shows, Marin General Hospital, Greenbrae, CA
2010-2011 Marin Arts Council Members Show, Marin Civic Center, San Rafael, CA
2010-2011 Member Shows, Marin Society of Artists, Ross, CA
2010 "A Collective Exhibit of Dynamic Images by Marin Photographers," Marin Civic Center, San Rafael, CA
2007-2018 Best of Show and other awards at the Marin County Fair, N4C Council of Camera Clubs and Marin Photography Club
2012 "Marin Exhibitor of the Year", Marin County Fair, San Rafael, CA
2012 Best of Show and other awards at the Napa County Fair, CA
1991-2012 Founders Award, FotoClave Best of Category, FotoClave (a group of Camera Clubs in Northern and Central California)
2017 Leader, San Francisco Botanical Gardens, Impressionistic Photography, Marin Photography Club
2016 Presenter, "Impressionistic Photography: Motion and Multiple Exposure," Golden Gate Computer Society
2012-2016 Judge Chairperson for Marin Photography Club
2012 Presenter, "Cuba" – for N4C (Northern Calif. Council of Camera Clubs) for Annual Conference
2011 Presenter, Marin Photography Club Workshop, "Montage and Multiple Exposure"
2010-present Assist in hanging shows - Marin General Hospital & Marin Photography Club
2008-2009 Presenter, "Macro Photography" and "Creativity", Marin Photography Club
1997 Leader, "Napa Valley - Wine Country Photography" Day Tour
1994 Co-leader of Napa Valley Photography Weekend Tour
Mary Macey Butler has a wonderful way of capturing atmosphere, mood, and emotion in her images. With a keen visual sensitivity, her images are evocative and inspiring. Moving beyond the literal, Mary captures the essence of her subject with an interpretive approach to image making."