Mary Smith

Derby, Derbyshire

Mary lives in the beautiful county of Derbyshire and has the Peak District and the Staffordshire moorlands to inspire her paintings. She has worked as a tutor for many years in a wide variety of schools,colleges and community centres.
Mary runs workshops at her studio based in the Ferrers centre Staunton Harold hall and has extended her student base to include the 4 counties of Derby's,Staffs, Leics and Notts.
She is keen to mix with a wide range of artists networking andbelonging to other smaller groups including [email protected] art Melbourne.
She regularly has a stand at local festivals including Melbourne in South Derbyshire and the Six
streets Art Trail.

Mary was selected by the BBC  to be one of the official artists to paint the Diamond Jubilee pageant on the river Thames during 2012.This led to a combined exhibition of several artists paintings completed along the banks of the Thames as history was taking place. This prestigious preview and following exhibition was shown at the Pumphouse Gallery in Battersea park London.
She was recently selected by Windsor events to celebrate the Queen's 90th birthday . This event took place on July 16th 2016 in Windsor castle and Mary was one of the 90 artists painting in the grounds of the castle.
Her style of work is semi abstract with traditional drawings skills underpinning the work. She experiments in her studio with a range of media allowing paints, glazes and inks to float and form patterns. Textures in the form of pastes and gels are added to the work as it progresses.
A recent addition is to create images on her iPad and use them for collage work in her semi abstract pictures.

She has now branched out into the world of textiles and is transferring imagery from her paintings onto fabrics.


Acrylic Inks, Acrylics, Coloured pencils, Drawing, Multiple Mediums, Oil pastel, Pastel, Pen And Ink, Pen And Wash, Pencil/Charcoal, Printing, Water soluble pastels, Watercolour Ink, Watercolour Pencil


Animal or Wildlife, Bird, Landscape or Woodland Scene, Portrait or Figure, Seascape, Still Life, street scene, Waterscape, Waterscene; Boats or Seascape, Wildlife

Favoured Products & Brands

Acrylic pastes and gels Atelier Acrylic paints ,
printing inks


Ashby Festival 2007

Prizewinner in open competition

Derbyshire life and Countryside magazine. Artist of the Year 2007.

Painting selected for the public vote

at Gallery-s Matlock September 2007

2009 Prize winner for the members choice rose bowl award for Derby sketching club