Mary Conder – About the Artist
Born 30th January 1964, Hobart, Tas.
Currently lives and work on the Gold Coast, Qld.
Mary is a self-taught artist who has been quietly honing her skills for most of her life. Mary began painting with water-colour before discovering her passion for pastels. In the mid nineties she married and had two children, and in between being a mum started painting with Acrylics, which she is now painting with full time.
Mary began a commercial venture starting a small business in the mid 2000’s. This involved reproducing prints of Mary’s work onto canvas. Although this venture had good success, it was original work that Mary wanted to excel in.
In 2013 Mary began entering art competitions, having immediate success. She concentrates mainly on large eerie landscapes, often referencing objects from the past.
In 2015 Mary was invited by Gold Coast Gallery Hillier and Skuse to exhibit her works.
2016 February — Hillier and Skuse Gallery, Gold Coast.
2015 Winner, Best Acrylic, Rotary Art Spectacular, Brisbane.
2015 Highly Commended, D’arcy Doyle Art Awards, Gold Coast.
2015 Finalist, Ipswich Art Awards
2015 Finalist, Lions Garden City Art Extravaganza
2013 Winner, RQAS Monthly Awards, July.
2013 Commended RQAS Monthly Awards, Aug.
2013 Commended RQAS Monthly Awards, Sept.
My process often starts with asking myself ‘where would I like to be today?’ It’s usually a wide open space that I want to be in, and I can have a look around to see what’s there. Not necessarily what’s expected, but what I would like to see there. The idea usually unfolds as I go, the placing of one object determines the next, guided by an overall mood and colour scheme that I have decided on. The imagery I use is drawn from personal experience, from childhood memories right through to current observations and everyday life. In the landscape format, I can surround myself with things I find interesting and leave out all the clutter that would probably be there in real life.
I start with the darkest tones and move forward to the lightest, highlighting little ordinary details along the way. Depicting ordinary detailed object against vast spaces of nothing, is what I find most fascinating. So the finished piece is something that is familiar but at the same time a little unusual. It’s not quite what we see everyday, but its always where I’d like to be.