About the Artist
Mary was born in Wexford. She studied visual communication and 3D design at DIT in Dublin, and painting at Chelsea College of Art and in New Zealand. She has also lived in Belize and (for 11 years) Kazakhstan, a place of vast landscapes and infinite white winters; during her time there she published two books of photojournalism on central Asia.
Painting in mixed media on linen, hand stretched by herself; Mary is influenced by the awe-inspiring landscapes experienced on her travels. Working on a large scale allows a freedom and physicality. Using paint for the sake of paint is an integral part of her practice, drawing on her emotional and gestural response the painting becomes embedded over time (sometimes three years) with layers of clandestine emotion as the final abstract work eventually evolves.
Mary’s’ screenprints are influenced by her surrounding, the vast landscapes encountered on her travels are conveyed through shapes, space and colours that emerge as non-representational abstract compositions. Creating limited edition hand prints through the art of screen printing is an intensive process, each layer is individually printed and the screen is washed between each colour, Layer after layer the design emerges. She is a member of Black Church Print Studio.
Her work features in many private collections worldwide and public collections including those of the Office of Public Works and the Environmental Protection Agency in Ireland.