Mary Reynolds work is strong and consistent in color and composition, and is equally at home with portraits, landscapes or animal subjects. She is an example of the traditional representational painter who loves light on her subject.
Mary Reynolds was one of the leading painters at the College of Art in the late sixties; she won the Taylor scholarship for three successive years.
One of her most cherished memories is the phone call she received from her much respected professor of painting, Maurice MacGonigal, complimenting her RHA exhibit in 1978. In 1982 Mary was the recipient of the MacGonigal Prize for Landscape Painting in the Oireachtas exhibition.
Mary taught on the pre-diploma course in NCAD and proved exceptional in that area. She also taught drawing in the College of Marketing and Design and on private animation courses. She then Decided to concentrate on painting and began to paint animals, especially horses.
One of her earliest commissions was of a classic winning mare “Pidget”. She also painted the Cheltenham Winner for Auction. This work sold within a week. Carrying on with painting and drawing in several European countries and the west of Ireland, her work was eagerly awaited by a small but appreciative group of clientele. Her first one woman exhibition was a sell out in Dublin’s SIPTU Living Space, while her second took place earlier this year in the well known Purple Onion Restaurant and Gallery.
Mary exhibited in the 1966 Memorial to 1916 show, in the Dublin Municipal Gallery and in the RHA Banquet Show by invitation.