Oklahoma City native and Oklahoma City University graduate Mary Anna Goetz, BFA ’68, an artist who now lives in the art colony of Woodstock, NY, recently visited her hometown to put the finishing touches on a mural commissioned by city residents Dennis and Nena Pealor. The 72-inch high canvas depicts the city’s skyline, including the newly completed Devon Tower.
The Pealors approached Goetz about painting a large piece for the foyer of their home while attending an opening reception for the artist’s 2010 exhibit titled “OKC/NYC” at the Howell Gallery on Western Avenue. The Pealors decided that a painting of the OKC skyline would be the perfect theme since Mr. Pealor began his business career working in downtown Oklahoma City. The addition of the new 55-story Devon Tower made the idea even more appealing.
“A project like this is really a challenge,” Goetz remarked. “Especially since I had to finish the painting before the top of the tower was completed!” Working from a smaller canvas (30 by 20 inches) Goetz chose the view looking south from the 20th floor of the Classen Luxury Apartments, completing the mural in her Woodstock studio.
Goetz returned to Oklahoma City in July to finalize the Devon Tower in the finished work and to view it, beautifully framed, and hanging in its permanent location in the Pealor home.
This is the second major commissioned piece Goetz has painted in Oklahoma City. Four years ago she completed a mural size oil painting of the OCU campus and Administration Building . The artist explained that she used the same approach to complete this commission, setting her easel up on the 8th floor of the Gold Star Building’s tower where she painted a 20 x 30-inch canvas of the view looking east. In her Woodstock studio she made an enlarged version, which now hangs in the Tom and Brenda McDaniel University Center.