About the artworkThis piece is oil on card float mounted behind glass. Following the Lucky Black Cat depicts two curious calves, and a farmer following a small black cat into a barn. The gestural brush strokes and versatility of oil paint allow Mary to reflect on the small moments of time from happy memories and imagination that have been part of her country life for more years than she cares to remember.
Mary Edwards has developed a unique style of painting in oils, depicting intriguing views of rural life, which, though contemporary in style, are intensely nostalgic snapshots of country people and the animals they look after, love and depend upon. Although she was born in the great industrial city of Coventry, she has spent most of her life in the country and nearly all of that in the Wye Valley.
She says of her paintings: â€œThey reflect small moments of time from happy memories and imagination, all of which have been part of my life for more years than I care to remember.â€ Her work is not purely rural - her figurative work portrays the interactions between people and, as with all of her paintings, the title of each piece is an integral element of the work itself.
Mary is not only a prolific artist; she is also actively involved in promoting and encouraging others to get involved with the visual arts through her work with the historic Wye Valley Art Society. She comments, â€œI am a self-taught painter, fortunate enough to have had work accepted for the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, the RWA Open Exhibition (Bristol), the Llewellyn Alexander Gallery (London) and many other exhibitions and competitions, both local and further afield, even exhibiting alongside the likes of Sir Kyffin Williams and His Royal Highness Prince Charles.â€