Mary Louise Porter is a contemporary landscape painter. Her work represents a journey of memories and images drawn from landscapes seen in her travels as well as experienced in the American South where she was born and raised. Each work of art captures the emotion and beauty of the location expressed in her unique, interpretive style. Her colors used in paintings are intense, bold, and sometimes complex to demonstrate the energy visualized in the final outcome. Porter says,“Color is energy. It affects people. There is a lot of thought that gets put into color.” This is especially true of Porter’s use of color and light in her own artwork. Her canvases are sometimes layered with mixed media and cut canvas to create texture and pattern throughout the landscape. Porter received a BFA and MFA in Painting from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge. She serves as a Louisiana Roster Artist living in Natchitoches, Louisiana. Her work is included in a number of galleries and other public and private collections.The opening reception Saturday, Dec. 12, will feature a special performance of “Musings of Mary Louise Porter”, a dramatization of backstories related to the artist’s work. And remember, Downtown Shreveport is a Cultural District, which means no sales tax is owed on the purchase of original works of art, thanks to the Louisiana Cultural Districts Program. We also offer limited edition prints, with tax included in the price.