Mary Towsey

Mary has achieved a high reputation and following as a landscape painter; her use of rich strong colours in oils giving her landscapes a distinctive vibrancy. Her considerable success is due not only to her very broad experience of different media, styles and techniques, but equally to her knowledge and love of the countryside and wildlife.

Mary studied at Goldsmith's College, University of London and Epsom College of Art. She has exhibited extensively in England and France and her paintings can be found worldwide.

Mary had already established herself as a painter of English landscapes when, at the age of 46, she saw an advertisement for a property with a studio to let in Vétheuil, she little knew that her life was about to change. Relatively untravelled and, until then, convinced that the British Isles held all that she needed for subject matter, she boarded a plane to have a look. Three months later, and with ten students, she set off again for Vétheuil. This was the beginning of a long and passionate love affair with the village. Captivated by Vétheuil and the surrounding area, she dared to step in the footsteps of Monet who lived in the village from 1878 to 1881. Four years later she bought a house there.

After 22 years of exploring and painting in and around Vétheuil Mary has sold her house there and her home in England and moved to the village of Arford in Hampshire where she has created a new studio. While the work on this was taking place she had time for reflection and, as a result was moved to attack some of her later works and transform them into her "memory category" (see numbers 8, 10, 12 & 16 on the Paintings for sale page). She is currently exploring the village of Arford where there is plenty of subject matterwhich will eventually result in a new serials of paintings.

Mary’s story, as told in “Mary Towsey, Vétheuil and other passions” by Thierry Gardie tells the story of her artistic journey through learning, teaching and exploring new techniques in oil, water-colour, gouache and mixed media. Subject matter includes still life, portrait, industrial scenes and abstract but primarily landscape where Vétheuil became the jewel in the crown.