Love of the Scottish landscape
In 1968 Edinburgh born Mary Shaw (1945) moved with her husband to rural Aberdeenshire.
After finishing her training at Gray's School of Art in Aberdeen she worked as a Teacher of Art & Design in Peterhead Academy, retiring as Head of Department in 2004.
Although she has spent considerable time travelling in Europe, it is a love of the Scottish landscape, from the rolling Border hills to the haunting charm of Sutherland's lochs and isolated beaches, that continually inspires her artistic
In her work, she reflects the particular qualities of Scotland's landscape that make it so unique, the fleeting qualities of light, the expansive skies and changing
weather patterns (that can make painting outdoors so challenging).
Her latest paintings take a closer look at seasonal changes in both the rural and coastal areas that surround
her Buchan croft.
They concentrate on the effects of the farming year on her immediate environment and capturing the atmospheric effects of changing weather on the
tiny coastal villages that cling precariously to their strips of land between cliff and sea.
Gray's School of Art, Aberdeen
1977 - 1980 Diploma of Art (Drawing and Painting )
1980 - 1981 Post Diploma High Commend.
1982 - 2004
Art and Design Education with Grampian Region Education Department.
1997 - 2004 Principal Teacher of Art and Design, Peterhead Academy.
2005 - 2010 Work related travel in France, Spain and the Netherlands.
Robert Colquhoun Memorial Award - 369 Gallery Edinburgh
The Laing Collection Exhibition The Mall Galleries London
Aberdeen Artists Socie
Aberdeen Arts Centre
Fraserburgh Arts Society
2013 Galerie Residentie, Maastricht, The Netherlands
2014 Galerie Tolg'Art, Wierden, The Netherlands
2014 Kunst in Boekelo, Boekelo, the Netherlands
2014/5 Huis ter Geul, Valkenburg aan de Geul
2015 Dominicanen boekhandel, Maastricht
Work in collections
Robert Gordon University Collection, Aberdeen
Grampian Hospitals Art Trust, Petehead/Aberdeen
Private collections in the UK, France, the Netherlands and Australia
Several commissions in Aberdeenshire
Aberdeenshire AB42 5AX