Mostly I like to draw, direct to the page, with a pen - and combine image and word-play, science and poetry. I experiment with photography, finding things that aren’t there, like a face from an ice-box, and changing things through the naming. Though I experiment with other forms, such as clay, hot wax and paint, it is to the pen I keep returning.

Born in Coventry to Irish parents, I’ve lived here for all but ten years of my life, working as a nurse, in education, as a telephonist and manager.  I’m a lover of the ocean, books, banter and dance. After decades of not drawing a thing, nor writing a poem, I’m making up for a great deal of lost time. It was Illness that brought me to art - it gave me the bug, and I’ve been smitten ever since.

Escape Community Arts and 'Outside In' have supported this re-connection with my creative side; both have been a great help in getting my art out of the house!

Compton Verney, Friswells, Tate Modern and the Lewis Gallery have shown my work. Current exhibits are with the George Eliot Hospital, Nuneaton, and Earlsdon Library, Coventry.

Poetry awards include the National Poetry Competition and the International Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine.

This year I produced, with over 200 local people, of all ages and from all walks of life, a giant map of our area, 'The Earlsdon Mappa', and instigated the inaugural Earlsdon Arts Trail. From January 2016 I will be starting a brand new venture - as Leverhulme Artist In Residence in the Chemistry Department at the University of Warwick  - working with chemists on a project that will combine beautiful and beguiling images of the rarely seen chemical micro-world with words: "Verse Reaction".


About Me

Mary Courtney

Artist - Poet