Mary Price

I am a painter making bright, uplifting, colourful paintings in my award winning* shed studio in Bristol. I am inspired by the natural world, travel imagery and colour sprinkled with a very big dose of imagination.

My paintings are distinguished by a loose, free flowing style, lots of interesting mark making and a strongly contrasting colour palette. Work is intentionally made to exude optimism and joy. I want my paintings to be the colour burst in the room and to make people feel good.

My work is collected internationally and I now have paintings and funky folk art style decor adorning walls in four continents. Many customers have commissioned paintings for milestone birthday and anniversary celebrations.

You can see my work on Bristol Water vans driving around the city of Bristol. I’ve appeared in an arty programme on BBC One called ‘Home is where the art is’ that was broadcast in the summer of 2020 and repeated in 2021.

Affordability is important to me and I love to make small original pieces of folk art style wall decorations. Several series of these are offered from time to time throughout the year. These collections tend to sell out quickly (probably because I make them too affordable) but who cares – I do it for love!

During the pandemic recently I revisited an old favourite image – the palm tree – which is in many ways my muse. I painted 100 palm trees in as many days and you can view the collection (most of which has sold) in the Original Paintings section of this web site. There are still some beauties available so do take a look.

In 2022 my 100 plan is to create a series of travel inspired paintings. I’m giving myself more than 100 days though – loosely staying within the spirit of the challenge I will be painting every day but I will not be putting the pressure on to finish each painting every day. The results will be offered for sale each time I have completed 30 paintings and some will be offered as prints.

If art on sandals is your thing take a look at the funky Birkenstock sandals collaboration I have with Michael Grey Sandals factory.

Sometimes I like to give away art and I have participated in the one of many post card fund raiser set up by print maker John Peddar on Instagram. The idea is artists make art and post it for free and the recipient donates to a charity, not for profit or cause that is important to them.

* Shed of the Year 2019 Winner (Studio/Workshop category)

In this image I am holding ‘Queen of Palms’ (©Mary Price 2022) from a series of paintings completed for the 100 Project where I painted a painting of a palm tree every day for 100 days between 1 February 2021 and early May 2021

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