Mary does most of her work through the medium of photography but is well practised in the more traditional printmaking techniques and also works in oil pastels and painting.  Mary says:

‘In my work I explore feelings of isolation and detachment.  I am concerned with the resilience of the human spirit to find hope.  There is a purposeful absence of the human figure in the work to evoke the sense of spirit’.

I grew up in the city of Limerick. I live there and work as a professional artist. I went to art college as a mature student. I always felt passionately about art but was never afforded the chance to study it. Through the help and support of my family I finally took a step towards pursuing this passion in 2002 by doing a portfolio course in Limerick Senior College. From there I was encouraged to apply for art college. I was accepted and graduated from the Limerick School of Art & Design in 2007 with an Honours Degree in Fine Art Printmaking.

In 2006 while in my third year I submitted work to the Royal Hibernian Academy’s 176th Annual Exhibition. I was delighted when one of my pictures was selected. I was thrilled to exhibit work alongside such esteemed artists as Louis De Brocquy and John Shinnors to name a few. Immediately following this exhibition Adam’s Fine Art Auctioneers wrote to me inviting me to consign one of my works for their forthcoming Comtemporary & Modern Art Auction in the autumn of that year. This gave me a real drive and motivation to create the work for my degree year.

One week after my degree show the Limerick Printmakers selected two of my pictures for their Open Submission Show. After seeing this work Karl Wallace, the Artistic Director of the Belltable Arts Centre, invited me to put on a solo show in the Spring of 2008.

While studying in the Limerick School of Art & Design I was struck by the fact that this was the site of the old Magdalene Laundries. There was an atmosphere of sadness and lonliness generally about the place. My own studio was one of the former bedrooms used by the girls and this gave me an even greater connection with their life. The buildings past use seemed to invade my thoughts as I worked there each day and I could not ignore it. I began to photograph my surroundings in particular the windows and it became part of my third year work. It was in fact one a series of these images which was chosen for the R.H.A. exhibition.

These images and this work evolved into expressing my own childhood feelings of isolation and detachment. This became the inspiration for my degree work and subsequently my solo exhibition in the Belltable Arts Centre, Limerick.

My work won Silver and Bronze in the London Photographic Association in two consequetive years, 2007 and 2008. I have exhibited widely since graduating and my work hangs in many private collections in Ireland and overseas.

If you would like to contact me or purchase any of my work, please do not hesitate to contact me by filling out the contact form. I will respond to you as soon as I can.

You can download a copy of my CV here.