SHERRILL – At 95, Sherrill resident Mary L. Tiffin keeps herself busy and active with her love of art, and that love and care can be seen in every room, say those who appreciate the opportunity to come and see his works. on display.
Tiffin’s journey as an artist began about 30 years ago at the Sherrill-Kenwood Library with an oil painting class from Judy Bond, and now the 95-year-old works are featured in the library on his community art wall.
Tiffin’s works often feature mainly landscapes, done in acrylic and watercolor.
“Years ago, when I was younger, I sold a lot of paintings at craft shows,” she said. But now she’s just happy to make art and share it with the community.
“Tiffin’s work attracts people of all ages,” said Mary Kay Junglen, director of the library. A notebook was left for people to leave messages for Tiffin, a parent saying their two boys loved his job and couldn’t stop staring at them. “It captures the attention of everyone, from our toddlers to senior residents. It was very well received since she is so well known in the community. She is such a kind, warm and wonderful person. And I think it shows in his works.
Tiffin’s work features several scenes: rivers, valleys, mountains and streams in the midst of nature. Most of the time she sees something and just decides to paint it.
“People like my son right now, who lives in Colorado, are sending me pictures,” she said. “It’s a beautiful condition, and I’m dying to start painting. And there’s a mountain I’m dying to paint from a National Geographic.
But often Tiffin paints from his own imagination. When her paintings were hung in the Sherrill-Kenwood Library, Junglen asked where she had seen the covered bridge in one of her paintings. Tiffin replied that she had just “made it up”.
Besides her paintings on canvas, Tiffin has what she calls “The Tiffin Gallery”. Like something in a dollhouse, the rooms are laid out and feature appropriately sized paintings.
Tiffin did the paintings first, and the pieces were built around them. “The kids really appreciate them,” she said.
When asked for advice for budding artists, Tiffin said they should seek out someone with experience and learn from them. From there, it’s about finding himself and his passion.
“When I think about who I am and what I do, I think of myself as an artist,” Tiffin said. “There are other things I do, but I feel like I am an artist.”
“I’ve been doing this for a while, and I’m not as good as some, but I’m better than others,” she continued. “But I know – I’m an artist.”
Tiffin said she hopes to live to be 100 and continue painting.
“I pray every day – let me live to be 100 and always be with my paintings. Let me go. “