Mary & her work
Mary Parsons Art: an introduction to Mary's colourful travel art
My background combines both art and wellbeing. I currently work as a Social Prescriber for an NHS project. My disability work has given my art awareness of wellbeing; I am very interested in mindful drawing and the state of flow.
I trained at Bretton Hall College which was in the beautiful setting of Yorkshire Sculpture Park. As part of my art degree I did an exchange in Australia (Newcastle, near Sydney). Experiencing the colourful coastal cities gave me a love of colour and architecture that you can still see in my work today.
I like to create art everywhere I go, from my local area to further afield, so my art is a bit like a travel diary. Inspired by travel and an interest in interior design. I love to experiment with colour palettes.
As well as painting I like to experiment with various media, but the theme is always architectural art.
In past years I enjoyed painting large canvases. Last year I started to go smaller, creating more intimate sized paintings that I can finish in one sitting.
The ideas behind my art
I trained with Guide Dogs to teach people with visual impairments to travel. By coincidence, themes in this work are closely tied to existing interests I’d worked on during my art degree. So although I have worked in unrelated fields it further inspired my art. I always kept my art practice going on the side, but I started professionally in 2017.
I investigate how we explore, interact with and experience the urban environment in unique ways. We choose routes, and filter what we encounter to slowly build a mental map of our personal landmarks.
Please take a few moments to explore my world of colour by visiting my galleries.
With a background in community work I also provide training for groups.