- West of Ireland and its windswept trees
Meet The Artist
Childhood memories of exploring the jagged rocks of the Burren or watching the ebb and flow of the Atlantic Ocean, inform much of my work. A regular visitor to my native County Clare, these memories are continually revisited as I see new ways of capturing a constantly changing landscape, dependant on weather conditions and lighting.
Art took a back seat for some years as I first studied Business in college, married and raised three children. In 2014, I received my BA in Art & Design from GMIT, Galway. During my time there I became intrigued with light, shadows and reflections. These still have strong influences in my work today.
Previously working in oils, I have begun to explore new mediums and have developed a unique method of representing my ideas through the medium of Alcohol Ink. Their unpredictable nature allows me to investigate the push and pull I associate with both the limestone formations of the Burren and the force of the Atlantic Ocean.
During the inaugural Listowel Arts Festival in 2018, one of my works titled, Mullaghmore, was chosen by Artist and Illustrator, PJ Lynch, as ‘Best in Show’. Lynch states that this work succeeds in “purely abstract terms as much as a descriptive piece.”
I continue to challenge myself, investigating how I can further my artistic endeavors with this medium while still nurturing my beloved oils.
From September to June, I also facilitate Adult Art Classes inclusive of beginners to the more advanced. These classes are often considered therapeutic by many as well as educational in a fun and social way.
Introducing some new prints!
I've been looking forward to adding some new prints to my Open Archival Print Collection. This one, "To Sit and Ponder" makes me reminisce of days sitting by the sea with just the sound of the waves for company. Our beaches have been very quiet this past year, yet strangely I never feel alone when I'm next to the ocean.
'Majestic' (Give Us A Hug)
During a walk in Coole Park, Co Galway, I took a 'selfie' of this tree. It was very majestic in stature, but also seemed to be inviting me in for a hug!
Medium: Oil on Canvas | Size 62cm x 82cm (Framed)
Alcohol Ink on ceramic tile.
The power of The Atlantic Ocean should never be underestimated. It is something to be admired and demands respect, like all oceans.
This, and more, available at The Russell Gallery.
- Journey along the Wild Atlantic Way
- The rugged limestone landscape of The Burren
'I recently ordered one of Mary’s mounted prints as a gift. I was blown away by the quality of the work-everything from the art itself to the mounting was impressive. My friend was thrilled with it, as it evoked happy memories of the Irish landscape. A pleasure to deal with, thanks Mary!'
"Mary's Art Class was a wonderful discovery. I got a gift of it from my daughter. I am now completely smitten. Mary is a wonderful teacher, with a great eye and I really like her work on the Burren. She has just the perfect advice when I am in doubt about what to do next. Working in watercolours with her has been an insightful journey. I can't wait for the next class."
" Mary is the most encouraging art teacher one is likely to have. Those who are convinced that they have no artistic ability, with Mary's encouragement and knowledge will soon be producing art they can be proud of."
"I have been attending "Art for fun" with Mary Roberts for the past few years and have enjoyed every minute of it. I have used watercolours, acrylics and oils and I'm amazed at the progress that I have made. Mary's advise is delivered with love ,humour and encouragement. The small class means that everyone gets personal attention. I feel that I learn something new every time that I attend. I wouldn't miss my art class for anything."
"Mary provides the perfect environment for artists to explore and develop their creativity. She herself is hugely talented. In her gentle and effective manner she encourages students, of all ages and levels, to produce beautiful pieces of work."
"Amazing and enjoyable class - I've learned so much.I had never painted in my life and have, under the guidance of Mary, produced some decent paintings and made some great friends also - definitely recommend it."