Mary Shaw was born in Bristol where she still lives and has her studio today. An entirely self- taught artist, she demonstrated an aptitude for painting from childhood and completed her first commission at the age of just thirteen. As an adult, she spent four years living in Zimbabwe and Cape Town where she began to establish herself as a professional artist.
On returning to the UK Mary rediscovered her affection for the English countryside, having been struck by the vastly differing landscapes of her two homes. She was particularly interested in the rare and endangered species found amongst England’s hedgerows, and began to depict them in her paintings.
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