February 25, 2014

Felt like crap all day. New field easel arrives. I miraculously recover.

I audibly gasped with delight when I looked out the window and saw the box. Street legal at 13 pounds and yes, I already weighed a canvas so I know what my limit is.

In other news, I took a painting off life support, made two small drawings for the SMMoA shindig and stretched and primed some more supports. 

A relatively boring day at the office. 

February 23, 2014

Dear Amtrak, If there is a Train God, I should have a really good shot at the #AmtrakResidency.

Yes, it's true, one of my more interesting gigs was as a dining car waitress one summer. And in case that's not enough to bag this gig, I met my half-sister for the first and only time when we had an overnighter in Seattle. And the guy who gave me his copy of Willa Cather's My Antonia out in the middle of nowhere when I told him I was an artist and a writer— I should bag a couple more points for that anecdote as well. And to take it back even further, right now in the studio, I am using a Pullman dining car towel from the last train ride out of Nashville. We didn't steal it. Promise. I swear I remember my mom asking if we could have it. There's more, but let's get me on that train with a laptop, shall we? 

Your truly, 

Mary Addison Hackett

February 21, 2014

Mid-career funk.

Escapism is mental diversion by means of entertainment or recreation, as an "escape" from the perceived unpleasant or banal aspects of daily life. It can also be used as a term to define the actions people take to help relieve persisting feelings of depression or general sadness

Rx: Treated myself to a new field easel. 
If I'm going to escape the banalities of life, I should have a bigger easel and a tank of diesel. 

Mary Addison Hackett, 2012
Old Rockhounds
oil on canvas
16" x 14 "

February 15, 2014

OPENING David Lusk Gallery

David Lusk Gallery
sat 1 mar, 5:30-9 pm
1-29 mar, 2014

OPENING, on view through March 29, includes approximately 40 works in a broad mix of media, including painting, sculpture, photography and installation. Artists are featured in OPENING: Bruce Brainard, Carroll Cloar, Maysey Craddock, Hamlett Dobbins, Wayne Edge, William Eggleston, Ted Faiers, Beth Foley, Huger Foote, Mary Addison Hackett, Tyler Hildebrand, Kathleen Holder, Leslie Holt, Paul McLean, Greely Myatt, Kit Reuther, Rana Rochat, Peggy Root, Mark Bradley-Shoup, Anne Siems, Jared Small, Kelly S Williams, and Tad Lauritzen Wright

For further information, a tour, and/or visuals, please contact Veronica at or Dane at