Mary Shaughnessy (b. 1965, Arlington, Virginia) moved to Canada at the age of 6, and has lived, studied and worked in Vancouver, Seattle, and Rome. She studied urban geography at Simon Fraser University, architecture at the University of Washington, and visual art at Emily Carr University of Art and Design. Mary practiced architecture and urban planning for many years before having children, and spent a period of time raising her two boys, painting, curating art events, teaching adult art classes, and exploring the local woods on her mountain bike.
Mary’s preferred surfaces to paint on are paper and wood panel, and she typically uses many layers of paint to achieve her finished pieces. She has exhibited her work at the Portfolio Gallery in Vancouver, the Silk Purse Gallery in West Vancouver, and the CityScape Gallery in North Vancouver. Mary lives and works in Vancouver, B.C.
Always watch where you are going. Otherwise, you may step on a piece of the Forest that was left out by mistake. ~Winnie the Pooh
I have been playing in the woods for as long as I can remember – from building forts and making mud pies by the creek as a kid to my current passions, mountain biking and running on the North Shore mountains in Vancouver. This “blueroom” is my proverbial happy place, a place where my connection to something larger than myself is strongest, and where I am at my most freethinking.
I often marvel at the solitude that one can achieve so close to a metropolitan centre, and am inspired to bring a slice of this wilderness to the broader community through my art. I paint both landscapes and abstracts with acrylics, and often incorporate collage elements. My preferred surfaces to paint on are paper and wood panel, and I typically use many layers of paint to achieve my finished pieces.