Galway artist outstanding in her own field!

Artist Mary Horan.

A Moycullen artist has made the final ten of a global art competition with her oil painting that she describes as a commentary on the damage we are inflicting on our environment.

Mary Horan entered her painting, entitled the Field, alongside more than 600 other submissions into the prestigious MS Amlin World Art Vote competition.

The competition is open to amateur and professional artists, and was voted on by some 28,000 art-lovers worldwide. Mary says that while everyone’s interpretation will differ, she feels her piece is a comment on the human effect on the environment.

“My piece forms a spiritual fortification against the changing landscape and the damage we are creating to our world,” Mary says.

Mary inherited a deep love of art, music and drama as a child growing up in Salthill but it was a chance meeting with her old art teacher that re-sparked her passion for painting.

“I ran into her on the street and she just told me that I should start painting again and that kind of sowed the seed and after that I started painting for myself and it took off.”

While it was her old teacher that planted the idea in her head, it was clear that there was something innate in Mary that led her to painting.

“My son was in transition year and I knew he had a talent so I bought him the easel and paint and set them up in the kitchen and of course he went at it for an hour and then he was gone and all the paints were dripping onto the floor.

“So I just said to myself, I have a few hours here so I might just do one myself so I put the canvas up on the easel and got completely engrossed in it.

“My husband arrived home for dinner and the whole house was in complete darkness except for a small spotlight and there was me painting away; I was completely hooked,” Mary admits.

See full interview in this week’s Connacht Tribune.