A Car Lover's Delight
John Gunnell - April 10, 2014 10:00 AM
Mary started her car art with a Mustang painting and continues to like pony cars.Photo by John Gunnell
Some paintings depict cars and others show sections of them.Photo by John Gunnell
Mary Watt Yeadon (www.marywattyeadon.com) of Bellflower Art started her automotive art career with a painting of a Mustang. In 2007-2008, shehad been painting murals, but as the economy slowed, she noticed demand for her work dropping off. Her husband and son collected old cars. She had been helping with some restoration work and decided to do a painting of her son’s Mustang. He talked her into displaying her art works at car shows.
Yeadon had only six paintings of cars done when she was invited to exhibit her work at the Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals in Rosemont, Illinois. Soon, she was setting up art displays at auctions.
It takes Yeadon about a month to do a painting and she charges about $2,000-$2,500 for a 2- x 3-ft. painting done on commission. Some of the originals run in the $2,000 to $4,000 range. She also sells posters of some artworks for lower prices. “I did 22 shows the first year,” she said. “I really went crazy and pushed it; now I pick and choose where to go.”
With hundreds of artists selling automotive drawings, paintings and other artworks these days, Yeadon says competition isn’t a big concern. “I just like art and travel.” she said, “My family is originally from the East Coast, so I want to travel to shows like Carlisle and Hershey; I want to take Bellflower Art to places it’s never been. “