Mary Whale

Mary Whale is a seasoned Edmonton-based visual artist, educator, and community activist. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Arts (Fine Arts Major) in 1978 and Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing in 1983, both from the University of Alberta. Her work has been showcased in many solo and group exhibitions, and is held in several private and public collections (including the Alberta Foundation for the Arts’ permanent collection).

Mary has been both a practicing artist and nurse for most of her adult life. She has found them to be mutually rewarding professions with intersecting and permeable boundaries – informing each other in subtle ways.

Most recently, she has been exploring the therapeutic potential of the portraiture process, specifically as it applies to the latter part of life and the ageing aesthetic. She has participated in the “Artists on the Wards” program at the University of Alberta Hospital. Mary has been active in the senior sector since leaving nursing in 2019. She was a Board Director (including Chair) of the Edmonton Seniors Coordinating Council for six years ending in 2023. Mary has had a blog since 2016 where she uses her visual art to engage people in conversation about ageing and ageism: Mary Whale is a current member in the Alberta Society of Artists (Past President and Membership Chair), the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour, and the Federation of Canadian Artists.

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