Mary Sumner was born in rural Northamptonshire in 1957 and was schooled locally before studying at Northampton School of Art and West Surrey School of Art and then later at Bristol University.
Well known and widely exhibited in the South West, Mary has recently returned to painting and printmaking via producing decorative textiles.
Much of her latest work is based on the mid-Devon landscape around Tiverton, her home for over 20 years. Sketched observations on her daily walks provide much of the inspiration for her picctures; farm landscapes bird-life and life along the Grand Western Canal as well as the seascapes of the South West.
Over time Mary’s style has evolved to capture moments and moods of the ever-changing English countryside, coastal towns, rolling hills and animals going about their business to produce detailed and intensely colourful pictures.