Born in 1953 in Biloxi, Mississippi, multimedia artist Mary Josephson is known for her expressive, narrative portraits, vivid color palette and strong sense of design. Her portraits explore human frailties and weaknesses, often cast in the most positive of light. As the artist notes, 'I like to document the heroics of everyday life...life has so much drama, and I am intrigued by it. Each day is a battle, for some more than others. We all have disappointments and unrealized dreams.'
Josephson studied in Paris, France, at the École National Superior des Beaux Arts before receiving a BFA from the Pacific Northwest College of Art. She has been exhibiting her work since 1983 including shows at the Portland Art Museum, the Oregon Health Sciences University, the University of Austin in Texas, and the Bellevue Art Museum, WA. Prominent collections include Safeco, Microsoft, Oregon State University, Legacy Emanuel Children's Hospital, Tacoma Art Museum, and the Portland Art Museum. Commissions include work for Southern Oregon University, the Tigard Public Library, OR, Catlin Gabel School in Portland, Portland Fire and Rescue in conjunction with RACC, OR, Oregon Food Bank, Multnomah County’s Juvenile Justice Center in Portland, OR, and the Arnold Rue Community Center, in Stockton, CA.