Born and raised in Bermuda, Mary attended university in New Brunswick and emigrated to Toronto in 1967. She now lives in the rolling hills north of Port Hope, Ontario, where she raised her children and pursues her interests in photography, gardening, and choral singing.
For Mary, photography as a passion and creative vehicle began to emerge late in 1996. Enjoying many subjects, she finds photography a fulfilling medium for expressing and sharing her feelings about this world. Stirred by the patterns, shapes, colours, and textures around her, she often portrays them using impressionistic techniques.
An inspiration for Mary is Canada’s distinguished photographer Freeman Patterson. While primarily self-taught, she has studied with him in New Brunswick and in March of 2005 was part of a two-week invitational tour to northwest South Africa under his leadership. She has also studied with New Brunswick’s André Gallant, Ontario’s Richard Martin, and New Zealand’s Sally Mason.
Mary has conducted photography workshops since 1998, acted as a judge for photography contests and exhibitions, and made many presentations of her work to camera clubs and other groups from Kingston through to St. Catharines. Her photography has been accepted in juried exhibitions in Cobourg, Bowmanville, and Picton, garnering her a number of awards.
Mary has held solo exhibitions in Port Hope and Bowmanville; during the Northumberland See Us Photography Festival and the annual Ganaraska Studio Tour; and during a month-long exhibition at the Art Gallery of Northumberland, Port Hope in 2012.
Active with the Northumberland Photography Club, Mary is also a member of the Arts Council of Northumberland, the Art Gallery of Northumberland, and the Visual Arts Centre of Bowmanville.
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My photography reflects my response to subjects ranging from distant landscapes to things close at hand, created by nature or by humans. Often working alone, I become completely absorbed and find myself transported to another world.
When taking an impressionistic approach to my subjects, I am able to express my inner feelings about them and everyday objects are transformed beyond their familiar, documentary appearance.
We all interpret things individually but, as we reflect on art of any kind, it is perhaps not as important to understand what a subject is as it is to simply feel its essence.
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