Much of Mary Davidson's inspiration comes from flowers and still life objects around her studio or the land and seascapes of the Scottish West Coast. The islands of Mull and Iona have been a great source of inspiration for her over many years. The constantly changing colour and light combined with her mental images of Peploe and Cadell walking the same paths and painting the same rocks 100 years before, challenge her to translate the landscape into paint. She strives to paint the exceptional light and crystal colours of these well walked Islands.
Mary's paintings are not just about capturing a scene with complete accuracy - her paintings are concerned with responses to the moods and atmospheres generated by landscapes and still life., 'For me the real excitement builds once the imagination takes over and the paint begins to work for me. I love the feel of paint. I work in oils using brushes, knives, fingers, indeed almost anything to hand, to produce the desired result.
“Mary was born in Dundee and lived in Australia for a few years as a child. Since 1986 she has been living and working in Glasgow and Edinburgh.
In 1995 Mary was elected an artist member of the Paisley Art Institute and the following year was accepted into the Glasgow Society of Women Artists.
Her work has been accepted for exhibition at the Royal Glasgow Institute (RGI), the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour (RSW) and the Laing Exhibition. She has exhibited in group exhibitions throughout the UK, the South of France and New York, and has also had many solo shows.
Mary's paintings are in numerous private and public collections, notably, Vanity Fair in New York, the Duke of Bedford, Grays School of Art, East Dunbartonshire Council and Cala Homes.”