Mary Nunn has always been attracted to flowers, rocks, water, and birds. Using watercolour, she explores the natural environment with a love of colour, visual texture and form. While adept at landscapes and figure studies, she is best known for her floral paintings.
Mary began her artistic career with needlework. She worked on church vestments, always according to a particular design. However, it wasn’t long before she
found that work limiting and wanted to pursue her own designs, so she enrolled in the Fine Arts program at Algonquin College. Following that program, in her early 30s and with
young children to care for, Mary took the commercial art course at the High School of
Commerce for two years. Studying with young 16- and 17-year-old students, Mary was
energized and inspired. She has taught water media painting classes across Canada and the United States for various university art centres, colleges, and associations.
Mary is an elected member of the Society of Canadian Artists and was elected to the Who’s Who and the International Who’s Who of Women in the early nineties. In 1995, as a commemoration of the 50th anniversary of VE Day, one of her paintings was selected to be given to the mayor of The Hague, Netherlands.
Mary works with coloured charcoal and water, with watercolour pencils and sticks, and with watercolour paint. She also likes to play with texture, often using a sponge to pull the colour around the paper, and she likes to use a lot of colour in her paintings. There are no titles for Mary’s paintings until they are framed, and since it can often be hard to name a painting, she collects words to use when the time comes to assign a title.
Mary’s work has been in exhibited and collected in Canada, the United States, Europe, Australia, and South America. In Ottawa, Ontario, Mary’s work is available at Koyman Galleries.