A Flash of Blue

A flash of Blue

About the Hare

I really enjoyed painting the hare last year and was thrilled to be given the opportunity again this year.

The inspiration for “A Flash Of Blue” came from the beautiful countryside surronding the Somerset levels.   I have always been fascinated with Kingfishers; their colours are stunning and I would often be painting in my riverside studio and see this momentary flash of blue. When designing the hare i felt that a kinfisher amongst the beautiful scenery would be fitting. There are lots of other ...
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I really enjoyed painting the hare last year and was thrilled to be given the opportunity again this year.
The inspiration for “A Flash Of Blue” came from the beautiful countryside surronding the Somerset levels.   I have always been fascinated with Kingfishers; their colours are stunning and I would often be painting in my riverside studio and see this momentary flash of blue. When designing the hare i felt that a kinfisher amongst the beautiful scenery would be fitting. There are lots of other critters hidden in the foliage to keep the kinfisher company and i hope it has given the trail goers a bit of fun finding them.
The hare has been created using a variety of media; painted in acrylic then embelished with gold enamel, finished with a diamond dust glaze and topped off with a few swarovski crystals.

Artist

Mary Shaw

Artist Biography

Exquisite evocations of the English countryside
created using a variety of media, Mary’s beautiful pieces have a delicate touch which is enchanting and inspiring art lovers across the UK. Loosely- painted organic foregrounds contrast with areas of exquisitely detailed depictions of meadow flowers. Her use of diamond dust gives each painting ...
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Exquisite evocations of the English countryside
created using a variety of media, Mary’s beautiful pieces have a delicate touch which is enchanting and inspiring art lovers across the UK. Loosely- painted organic foregrounds contrast with areas of exquisitely detailed depictions of meadow flowers. Her use of diamond dust gives each painting an iridescent sparkle, adding a contemporary twist to otherwise traditional scenes.

Mary Shaw was born in Bristol, where she still resides and has her studio today. An entirely self- taught artist, she demonstrated an aptitude for painting from childhood, and completed her first commission at the age of just thirteen. As an adult, she spent four years living in Zimbabwe and Cape Town, where she began to establish herself as a professional artist.

On returning to the UK, Mary rediscovered her affection for the English countryside, having been struck by the vastly differing landscapes of her two homes. She was particularly interested in the rare and endangered species found amongst England’s hedgerows, and began to depict them in her paintings.

Mary has exhibited extensively throughout the UK since her return; her works met with great affection and collected by art lovers across the world- most notably the King of Qatar who was gifted a piece by his son Prince Abdullah Al Thani.

Nature is always in my paintings. I love delicate flowers and grasses and am fascinated with movement – the sight of flowers an grasses blowing in the wind is truly beautiful.