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Mary Waltham Artist Statement

“Please respect this beautiful place”

Year by year we have a better understanding that artistic expression about nature is anything but an escape from reality. It is a pressing commentary on the state of our planet and the politics and policies that shape public debate about our environment, and the questions we need to confront. My intention is to contribute to this rise in interest and to spark new conversations, by bringing the landscape to life through my work.

After a career in science and science publishing, and as a biologist I bring a distinctly different perspective to ‘nature’ for inspiration within art.

I was born and educated in England, and grew up on a farm in a small village in Dorset, a rural county immortalized by Thomas Hardy’s novels and poetry. My work is a continuum of this early experience and is rooted in the natural environment. I explore the countryside from my own deep familiarity with and knowledge of particular places and processes. My practice is often driven by walking in areas close to home in the US and the UK. Walking is a meditation that enables me to immerse myself in place and then to work imaginatively in my art practice.

Artists who influence my work include Wilhelmina Barnes-Graham, Richard Diebenkorn, Joan Eardley, Peter Iden and Therese Oulton and the anthropologist Tim Ingold. I am a Member of the Walking Artists Network.

I work in a broad variety of 2D and 3D media selected in each case to express the unique character of the environments I have access to. I wish those who experience my work to discover a renewed feeling of intimacy with the often-familiar natural environment.  Fundamentally my work is about the beauty of what we can have around us.


Mary Waltham Resume

Art Education:

2015- present: Part-time BA (Hons) in Fine Art. Interactive Design Institute.

2008-2010: Foundation course in Art and Design: Pass with Merit, Interactive Design Institute.

2008-present: Workshops in England and the USA including Summer schools at West Dean College (UK) ”Towards an understanding of colour in landscape painting”; Impressionist theory and practice (Easton. MD, USA); Landscape workshops and Plein Air Landscape Painting at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art (PAFA). Print-making workshop (UK).
In addition, associations with other artists, teachers, mentors and friends in the US and Europe enable me to develop and grow my work.


Juried Exhibitions

  • 2017: Artists of Yardley
  • 2017: Philadelphia Sketch Club works on paper
  • 2016: Philadelphia Sketch Club works on paper
  • 2015/2016: Ellarslie Museum. Impressions: The art of the print
  • 2015: Artworks, Trenton print exhibition
  • 2015: Sussex Artist's award at Pallant House Gallery, Chichester, England
  • 2015: Philadelphia Sketch Club works on paper
  • 2014: “Looking in, Looking Out”. Group exhibition at the Arts Council of Princeton
  • 2014: Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art CE Student show
  • 2013: Sussex Artist's award at Pallant House Gallery, Chichester, England
  • 2013: Artists of Yardley
  • 2013: Mercer County Artists
  • 2012: New Hope Art League
  • 2012: Mercer County Artists purchase award from Mercer County Cultural & Heritage Commission
  • 2011: New Hope Art League
  • 2011: Petersfield Arts and Crafts Society Exhibition, UK
  • 2011: Mercer County Artists
  • 2011: Solo exhibition "Our Countryside" at Small World in Princeton, NJ
  • 2010: XXVIII  Ellarslie Open and the Salon at Artworks
  • 2010: Mercer County Artists

The images on this web site are mostly at a low resolution so please do contact me if you would like to see any image at a higher resolution.  Visitors are most welcome to my studio, by appointment.

Contact me at Mary [at] marywaltham.com

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