Recent Work


Recent Work




Shown here is a selection of my work. Please contact me if you would like more information on any particular theme or piece of work: Mary [at]  Thank you for your interest.


Wet~lands is a body of work that integrates ‘landscape’ with ‘environment’ in abstract expressive paintings, and a series of drawings using mud collected at different wetland sites. The work places the viewer directly in contact with the colors and textures of wetlands.  Wetlands are positioned at the front line globally, as rising water levels change the status quo.

Wet~lands: February

Wet~lands April

Wet~lands: December

Wet~lands: August

Wet~lands: June

Sedimentation layers 11

Slow Flow 5:

Edwin B. Forsythe wildlife refuge: Brigantine

Rogers Refuge, Princeton


One Anglo-Saxon (~410-1066 CE) pond near me in England virtually dried up in summer 2018. What would Saxon farmers who relied on this pond do in such circumstances? We do not know but perhaps they would place runes for water (Lagusz) near the pond as in my installation. Meanwhile, how are we addressing droughts and floods in the 21st century?

Ponds 9

Ponds 8

Ponds 4

Wood pond, Selborne, August 2018

Rune 3

Rune 5

Runes for water installed at Wood pond

Runes for water installed at Wood pond

Mere 1

Mere 4


Often disregarded, wetlands are ecosystems that mitigate environmental degradation. The series of works developing here celebrate the unique beauty of wetlands and invites you to look afresh at this fragile and valuable environment.

Refuge I

Refuge II

Refuge III


Great swamp

Edwin B. Forsythe refuge

Wetlands 1

Wetlands 2

Cat tail Typha latifolia

Smooth sawgrass Cladium mariscoides

Collateral Damage: Fracking the fossil record

Collateral damage is based on the geology of Marcellus shale that dates from 400 million years ago (mya). Fracking (hydraulic fracturing) of this dark fragile sediment yields commercial quantities of gas that is mined extensively across Pennsylvania and beyond.  When fracking occurs the fossils are destroyed.

Fracking Marcellus shale collage

Diplacantha 400 mya

Meganeuridae sp., 320 mya wingspan to 65cm (26”)

Marcellus shale I (2017)

Marcellus shale II (2017)

Marcellus shale IV (2017)

Goniatites vanuxem, 390 mya. First found in Marcellus shale

Grammysia sp., 390 mya. Bivalve mollusc

Crinoid sp., 425 mya. Related to starfish,  crinoids had ‘stems’ of 40m (130ft)

Devonian fishes, 390 mya. The Devonian is often described as the era of fishes

Delaware River

The Delaware River is the longest free-flowing river in the eastern United States. This work comes from accessing the river directly and regularly as my primary point of reference. In addition to traditional studio-based paint and digital art media, I make use of found local landscape materials.

Profile of the Delaware River

Of the River I

Of the River II

Of the River III

In the River I

In the River II

In the River III

Profile of the Delaware River submerged in the River

Profile of the South Downs, England

My work here often uses landscape materials as art media. The intention is to convey the quiet beauty of the soft rolling structure and forms of downland landscapes that I walk in southern England.

Profile of the Downs I

Profile of the Downs II

Profile of the Downs III

Maquette: Tree bark, beech and ivy branches, and ammonite

Maquette: Tree bark, beech and ivy branches, and ammonite

Monotype in downs mud with charcoal frottage

Drawings in downs mud and chalk on 6 limestone floor samples


This eco relief mural portrays some of the multiple uses made of Princeton’s open woodland areas and recreational paths.  The installation is made entirely of found natural materials from the woods nearby.  Bark and wood, with lichen and moss encrusting them give form and texture to five active figures. The installation 'Off to the  woods' is now in the Public Art Archive.

Full installation

Leaf Decay

Leaf photographs shown printed on canvas are a small sub-set of a larger collection of photographs of the natural process of leaf decay in some 20 local tree species over 11 weeks from October 2015 to January 2016. The leaves were kept outside so that the decay process would be natural. In the end they all blew away.



December 11

December 15

January 7

January 14