Mary began her career studying Exhibition Design in London. She moved to Cornwall in 1979 and ran her own interior design business which included commissions for murals and painted furniture. She attended Falmouth College of Art where she obtained a BA Honours in Fine Art.
Mary lives and works on the Lizard Peninsula. The foundation of her work is the love of this unique landscape. She takes elements of the environment, exploring the literal quality, and by a process of deconstruction and reassembling she retains the elements of structure through line and colour without losing all recognition.
Each piece of work is a journey, evolving and developing gradually, responding to the original marks she makes, building up with various mediums through layering and blending. She aims to create a feeling of an harmonious feeling with a sense of energy. The colours of our environment are so diverse and the accentuation of these hues along with spontaneity bring a piece of work alive
She feels it is important for the viewer to interpret the work through their own perception but still feel the sense of place in the finished painting. She tries to capture the essence of the place in both painr and print, one enhancing the other, evolving the work as an emotional response to the subject.