Mary Liddell trained in the early 1980’s at Chelsea School of Art and Central School of Art where she obtained her BA in Fine Art under the tutelage of the renowned surrealist and visionary painter Cecil Collins.
She spent five years in New Zealand from 2008-2013, where the quality of the light and colours of the landscape had a profound affect on her work. Returning to England she has settled in the South West concentrating on Still Life and Landscape working alla prima and from still life subjects in her fabulous garden studio.
Mary describes her work as ‘celebrating the beauty of the world. The driving force is light. For me as a painter the most important thing is colour and it is light which affects all aspects of colour. My work could be viewed as traditional, but all painting is an illusion and a fantasy – the world interpreted by the artist’.
Mary’s beautifully crafted paintings celebrate traditional painting techniques working from first hand observation. She has a superb understanding of light, colour and pigment capturing the subtle glazes of porcelain and lusterware and the harmonies of nature in both landscape and flower painting.
She has exhibited widely in both the UK and New Zealand and has works in private collections in the UK USA, New Zealand, Australia and Hong Kong.