Mary Jessie Sullivan is a contemporary acrylic painter from New Zealand. She recently moved from a small rural town called Wairoa to live and study art in Hawkes Bay.
Born in Martinborough, Wairarapa, she enjoyed drawing and painting from an early age but picked up a paint brush again only 5 years ago. This has lead to a strong desire to learn more and in 2012 Mary left a full time career to pursue her dream of completing an Arts Degree with Ideaschool at the EIT campus in Taradale.
In the past there has been a strong focus on the female form but the creative learning process has opened up a fascinating world of experimentation in texture, mixed media and other genre. Her work is largely in vibrant rich colour showing strong reflective contrast between light and shade with texture and thick buttery acrylics.
Mary has been selling her work for the past 5 years through commission, local exhibitions and cafes.
Her work is an eclectic mix, from nude and portrait studies to all things rural. Mary Jessie is also exploring large abstract portraits creating features individually like eyes, nose and mouth and putting them together randomly and the results are interesting!
Inspirations are Francis Bacon, Jenny Saville, Lucian Frued and Frank Auerach.