- West of Ireland and its windswept trees
- Journey along the Wild Atlantic Way
- The rugged limestone landscape of The Burren
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 Mary Roberts work. A regular visitor to her native County Clare, these memories are continually revisited as she sees new ways of capturing a constantly changing landscape, dependant on weather conditions and lighting.
Art took a back seat for some years as Mary first studied Business in college, married and raised three children. In 2014, Mary received her BA in Art & Design from GMIT, Galway. During her time there she became intrigued with light, shadows and reflections. These still have strong influences in her work today.
Previously working in oils, she has recently developed a unique method of representing her subjects through the medium of Alcohol Ink. Their unpredictable nature allows her to investigate the push and pull she associates with both the limestone formations of the Burren and the force of the Atlantic Ocean.
During the first ever Listowel Arts Festival in 2018, one of her 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.”
Mary continues to challenge herself, investigating how she can further her artistic endeavors with this medium while still nurturing her beloved oils.
From September to June Mary also facilitates 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.
"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."