MARY CUNNAH




I originally trained as an Art Teacher but over the years I have gained acclaim as a landscape oil and pastel painter. I live in a 15th century house in a Welsh valley south west of Oswestry. I get my inspiration both from the local countryside and history of the area where I live, just a mile from the motte and bailey where Owain Glyndwr, the Welsh Prince, had his settlement in the 14th century, which I can see from my studio.

As well as producing oil paintings I have a flat bed printing press in my studio where I produce etching and collagraph prints. I am fascinated by the embossing which can be produced by collagraphic plates and I often use pastel or ink on the textured paper to produce unique effects.

Recently I have become interested in derelict farm houses and old buildings. Homesteads where families lived for generations but which became abandoned.
The roof falls and plants begin growing inside as wild life takes shelter and 'nature reclaims' what was once loved by man. I see a multitude of companies frantically building new homes but with sola power, boreholes and satellite connects these historic places could be inhabitable again. At the least I am trying to help record old homes before they totally vanish.

I carry a sketch book with me on my journeys and the quick drawings that I produce act as a visual diary of my trips away. Examples of my sketches can be viewed on the sketch book section of this website.