Mary Clare is a Carlow based Artist. She has spent most of her life studying and painting. In the last few years she has studied Art Therapy, which she now uses to reflect her free spirit and enthusiasm for painting. She draws her inspiration from the Irish Atlantic Coast Line. She has always felt a strong emotional connection to the sea. Her paintings capture the magnificent colours and intensity of the changing weather. Her preferred medium is oil paint, applied with a brush and palette knife, which allows her to move the paint in gestural marks. There are some special places which hold a real emotional resonance. She loves visiting the West Coast and has a particular attachment to Galway and Co. Clare. Recently she has started to explore the South Coast of Ireland, and has found great inspiration in Co. Wexford and Waterford. Mary Clare exhibits her paintings throughout the South East in many festivals and galleries. She is also a member of a local Art Group "Chroma" who hold an annual exhibition in Carlow.
2023 "Lennons" @Visual Arts Carlow. Solo
2022 "Russell Art Gallery" Co. Clare
2022 "Green Acres Gallery" Co Wexford
2021 "Russell Art Gallery" Co. Clare
2021 "Made in Carlow" Art Gallery
2019 " Chroma Art Group, Carlow
2017 Art Exhibition, Art Banks Studio, Wexford
2017 Group Art Exhibition, Art Banks Studio, Wexford
2016 "Summer Solstice Exhibition", Art Banks Studio.
2016 "New Chapters Exhibition" Carlow Library.
2016 Carlow Art Festival.
2015 Visual Art Gallery, (Art in Space)
2014 Market Cross Gallery, Dungarvin, Co Waterford.
(Being Here Exhibition)
2014 Aoife Gallery, Waterford Ciity.
2014 Butler House, Kilkenny Art Festival.
2014 Carlow Art Festival.
2012 Barrow Valley Group Exhibition,Visual Art Centre, Carlow
Barrow Valley Group Exhibition, Eisge Art Festival
2011 Barrow Valley Group Exhibition, Visual Art Centre, Carlow
Barrow Valley Group Exhibition, Eisge Art Festival.
2010 The Forge Restraunt, Ballon, Co Carlow
2009 Group Exhibition, Artforms Gallery, Co. Carlow
Heritage Centre Athy, Co Kildare
The High Trees Restraunt, Co Kildare
2008 Kenny’s Art Gallery, Lahinch, Co Clare
Artforms Gallery, Carlow
The Clifden Art Gallery, Clifden, Co Galway
2007 Group Exhibition, Carlow Library, Co Carlow
2006 Arboretum, Leighlinbridge, Co Carlow
2023 "Green Acres Gallery" Wexford. Summer Exhibition
Level 7 QQI Youth in Arts, National University Ireland, Maynooth,
Level 6 QQI Integrating Art Literacy, National University Maynooth
Level 6 QQI Painting and Drawing.
Art Therapy Foundation course.
Certificate in Art Therapy