Mary Witkop Coffield studied art at Merritt Community College in Oakland, California. She has participated in numerous art events in the Bay Area.
Mary Witkop Coffield began her foray into abstract paintings by translating shapes and patterns viewed under the microscope during her career as a scientist onto a canvas. Her work progressed to encompass imagery steeped in nature, replete with biomorphic forms. For her, the boundary between figurative and abstract is not strictly defined, a boundary over which she may stray.
Paint is applied generously to her canvas, using a multitude of tools. Paint is dripped with a pipette, splashed with a brush, slathered with a palette knife, or poured from a jar. She might use her finger or palms to achieve the desired effect. Experimentation introduces an element of randomness which she then manipulates to achieve a degree of intentionality. This process allows her to share her own unique vision.