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“My brothers and I had the most amazing childhood. We lived close to Gwithian beach and from the outset I was fascinated by boats and all things sea related.
Even in my early years I loved sketching and, living close to St Ives, I was very influenced by its artistic heritage as well as the ever-changing coastal waters; its sleepy, hidden south coast creeks, and the timeless quality of the granite and rocky outcrops.”
Mary waited until she had raised a family and retired before she took on her first solo exhibition… in 2007.
“Someone asked me whether I wished I had started painting seriously years ago, but I don’t. I am a different person now, with life experience, and I don’t think I could have painted with the freedom I now enjoy.”
Mary’s paintings capture a moment and mood and are characterised by their texture and depth. She often uses a palette knife to craft her work which allows her freedom in moulding the paint and use layers of colour and glazes to create texture and depth.