“My paintings have always reflected my fascination with the nature and quality of light—how light defines not only the physical space, but also the rich, almost palpable atmosphere of a specific moment in time.  In the process of painting, I work to discover and capture the unique visual and emotional resonance of the simple and quiet views that I love.”

Mary Lou Schempf has lived in the New York metropolitan area since 1981, working as a painter, muralist, and trompe l’oeil artist. 

She studied at the Rhode Island School of Design and the Kansas City Art Institute, where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.

Mary Lou has shown her paintings at the GOGA Gallery in New York City where she had a solo show and also participated in numerous group shows. In Stonington Connecticut, she had a one person show at the Little Gallery at the Velvet Mill and she was in a group show at the Cate Charles Gallery.

New York City restaurant Swifty's had a solo show of Mary Lou's paintings in 2013.

In 2014 she has a one person show in Highland Park New Jersey at the B. Beamesderfer Gallery.

From 2014 through January 2016, her paintings were exhibited in an ongoing show in Swifty's front room. 

Mary Lou's paintings are in private collections throughout the United States. She accepts commissions of all kinds. Her commissioned dog portraits reflect her love for animals and capture the personality and spirit of each dog.


Selected Exhibitions

Solo Shows

2014-2016 Ongoing Show, Swifty's Restaurant, New York, NY

2014 Mary Lou Schempf Paintings, B.Beamesderfer Gallery, Highland Park, New Jersey

2013 Solo show, Swifty's Restaurant New York, NY

2010 New Work, The Little Gallery at the Velvet Mill, Stonington, Connecticut

2005 Recent Paintings, GOGA Gallery New York, NY

Group Shows

2015 Mascot 15th Annual Dog Show, Mascot Gallery, New York, NY

2014 Mascot 15th Annual Dog Show, Mascot Gallery, New York, NY

2010 Holiday Show, Cate Charles Gallery, Stonington, Connecticut

2008 Landscape Paintings, GOGA Gallery, New York, NY

2007 Holiday Show, GOGA Gallery, New York, NY

2006 Water Towers, GOGA Gallery, New York, NY

2004 Small Paintings, GOGA Gallery, New York, NY

2004 Paintings of NYC, GOGA Gallery, New York, NY