Mary Stubberfield


Born and raised in Eastbourne, I went to the art college at 16. We studied traditional techniques and media on the foundation course alongside regular life drawing. I then completed an HND in illustration at Bournemouth Arts University in 1989. I worked for various publishers and designers in London as a freelance illustrator while exhibiting my paintings in a small gallery in Hampstead. I also worked for an illustration agency dashing around London carrying portfolios!

A highlight was a commission by Scotrail for a landscape painting of Plockton near Skye for their advertising campaign that was also used on shortbread tins! I showed my work in galleries and venues all over London and soon went travelling for inspiration. The exotic and rich textures of India inspired several exhibitions. Being part of a cooperative gallery on London’s South Bank helped me learn from other artists and meet the public.

Later, living on a Greek Island, I painted and exhibited my work in local gallery spaces.

I keep sketch books full of ideas and take photos which then get refined into a finished artwork. I primarily use acrylics for their versatility and vibrant colours.

Recent visits to the cote d’Azur have produced some colourful townscapes capturing the vibrant sunlight. I am inspired by Chagall, Picasso and Matisse, naïve art and also love impressionism.

Favourite subjects are nature, wildlife, cat portraits and coastal scenes.  I produce greetings card designs full of interesting elements and appealing colours. My cat artworks have been very popular and I continue to expand on these themes while refining my style. I also love exotic wildlife themes and am looking forward to more travelling where I draw and paint on location.