Mary Davidson lives and works just outside Edinburgh. She was born in Dundee, lived in Australia for a few years as a child, and has been living and working in the Glasgow and Edinburgh areas since 1986.
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.
Over the past 20 years she has been successful in having her work accepted into many prestigious public exhibitions including 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 in New York. She has also had many solo shows.
Her work is in numerous private and public collections including Vanity Fair in New York, the Duke of Bedford collection, Grays School of Art, East Dunbartonshire Council and Cala Homes.
Creating a looseness of brushwork that can suggest, rather than dictate, is crucial to the finished piece. I like to play with the boundaries, making abstract marks that will work together to create a recognisable image that makes sense to the viewer. I am not trying to achieve pure representation. I paint what I admire and what excites me visually. I love the challenge of translating into paint. For me the real excitement builds once the imagination takes over and the paint begins to work for me. I work in oils using brushes, knives and sometimes fingers, indeed almost anything that comes to hand that helps to produce the desired result or make a specific mark.