British Columbia-born San Francisco-based artist, Mary Finlayson (AKA Painted Mary), grew up surrounded by nature. So it comes as no surprise that her artwork draws inspiration directly from nature, depicting scenes of wild, untamed plants and flowers with bold brush strokes and a rich color palette.
Having earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Queen’s University, a Graduate Degree in Art Therapy from the Vancouver Art Therapy Institute, and an Arts Education Degree from the University of British Columbia, Finlayson’s life was always infused with art.
The former art educator and therapist wrote that she’s “interested in the stories that interiors contain and how we use these spaces to tell stories. I never look at a room without thinking of the choices inherent in each object and how they are used to portray personal narratives.”
“When I am in other people’s homes I think of myself as a voyeur, glimpsing at the intimacy of how one creates a home and uses interior spaces to reflect their personal identity,” she added. “Interior spaces are deeply personal and reveal an intimacy that is rarely discussed or considered.”
Take a look at some of her stunning works.