I am commonly referred to as a folk artist, although I feel most comfortable with the the term "self - taught."
Mary Michael Shelley describes her work - painted wood carvings -
as a picture diary, documenting places, events and feelings of
importance in her life. She was greatly influenced by her parents. Mary
did not think she had the talent for art so she studied writing at
In 1973 she started carving and painting, inspired by a
woodcarving sent to her by her father. She calls her artwork picture
stories, representing events and emotions of significance in her life.
the past 30 years she has completed 700 carved and painted wood
reliefs, supplementing her art income through sig
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