Mary is a Versatile Artist, working in many mediums. She finds Art a visual language, and attention to drawing the basis of painting. The Artist paints with a passion for movement and has a fluid handling of paint.
She was born in Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, South Africa, on the 24th September 1938.
Schooled in Grahamstown at the Diocesan for Girls from 1947-1957, receiving prizes and distinctions in Art from an early age.
Registered as a student at Port Elizabeth Art School, she completed a three year Graphic Art Course. In fourth year she majored in Portraiture with lecturer Joan Wright, daughter of Dorothy Kay, a South African listed artist.
She exhibited in Johannesburg at the Peter Wenning Gallery in Fox Street on the “Artists of Fame and Promise” Exhibition in 1958. The only Eastern Cape Student’s work accepted for the Exhibition. A successful Art student exhibiting humerous shows as a member of the Port Elizabeth Art Society.
Mary moved to Johannesburg , South Africa in 1978. She was employed with B.B.D.O Advertising, creative Department for 5 years, and then worked for Scharrer, Edwards and Fraser as an Art Director for 5 years.
She has exhibited in Johannesburg at the Crake Gallery, Chinta Park Courtyard and numerous galleries and became a member of the Johannesburg Studio Route for 8 years. The Artist has also exhibited in London at the Art of Africa Gallery and sold at Christies.
Mary also exhibits at the Grahamstown National Arts Festival every year.
The more she gets to know the subject, the more she sees beyond the surfaces. A rapid execution in her style gives it a spontaneity and originality of the sketch, which is fundamental to the outcome of the finished work.
Artists such as Augustus John and French Impressionists have always inspired her. The Artist has a Studio in Parkhurst, Johannesburg, South Africa where she paints and exhibits, and teaches private lessons. Her client base is both National and International , with a large portion being commissioned works.