Mabel May Woodward was an American painter who spent the majority of her life living and painting in her native Rhode Island. Her style is considered to be within the Impressionist school but to represent Woodward's own, unique take on the style.
Woodward was a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design. She studied in New York City at the Art Students League. She was also a teacher of the arts, returning to the Rhode Island School of Design in 1900 as an instructor.
Mabel May Woodward had an odd habit of not dating her paintings but by cataloging them by location, instead. This has made researching her work somewhat difficult for scholars who have paid her little attention.
Her style is compelling. Bold, painterly strokes and a preference for bright colors characterize her scenes. She managed to innovate within the field of Impressionism, preferring as her subjects scenes of the beaches around New England and her own garden in summer.
Though she did spend the majority of her life on Rhode Island, Woodward did travel somewhat, visiting Italy, France and Holland. She also engaged in some travel around the American south, attested to by some of the locations of her paintings.