As a child, Mary used to paint on the reverse side of wallpaper and carry them around under her arm; her enthusiasm has never dimmed and she has found herself painting more than ever.
I have a few favourite subjects, the seaside, a family growing and changing and the landscape around my home in Cambridgeshire. You could say each piece I paint is a record of some aspect of my life. The advice given to painters must surely be the same as given to writers "describe what you know".
Mary's most recent paintings are from the series Long Lost Days, part of her enduring theme of life at the seaside.
Mary trained initially as a nurse, but knew her true vocation lay in Art. She attended Salisbury School of Art for a year but is mainly self taught.
Most of her paintings are executed with oil paints. There is a sensual quality about this traditional medium that modern acrylics cannot replicate.
Escape From the Crowds