Mary McCann



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Beating Heart of Glasgow: Acrylic on Canvas: 54x54 cms

Time Out: Acrylic with Mixed Media on Canvas: 54x54 cms

Storm Clouds Over Clydeside: Acrylic on Canvas: 61x61 cms

Summer Cottages at Dunure: Acrylic on Canvas: 39 x 39 cms

Spring morning, Templeton Building, Glasgow: Acrylic on paper: A3


I am a Scottish artist, working in acrylic and mixed media. I have lived in the city of Glasgow for much of my life, and the city the surrounding countryside and coastal landscape have been my inspiration over the years. The urban landscape has undergone relentless change over the last few decades, with a gradual erosion of manufacturing and shipbuilding industries and re-modelling of the urban landscape. This evolution has seen the appearance of distinctive new buildings side by side with remnants of the industrial past.
In my recent work I hope to capture the play of light on the water, and the ongoing battle between nature and industry which is a so much a feature of city life. I hope that through the use of colour and texture, I can share with the viewer the sense of space, excitement and connectedness which the city and the river bring to my own life. My work tries to capture the essence of a landscape, to bring together many familiar landmarks into one visual experience. I am fascinated by the sense of open space created by a river within a city, the tension between the natural and the man-made, the ever-changing colours of the sky and surrounding land and how all is transformed from day to night.
Whistler’s “Nocturnes”and Impressionist painters such as Monet have been influential in developing my personal style. I aminspired by the work of Scottish artist James Watt, which visually documents maritime life and heritage around Greenock and the Clyde. The powerful figurative work of Stanley Spencer’s war artist series, “Burners” and “Welders”, recording the home-based industrial contribution of boat builders and welders to World War 2, has also been a real inspiration for me.


Personal Details
Mary McCann. (Born 1953). Currently living and working in Glasgow.
Address: 113 St Andrews Drive, Glasgow G41 4 RA
Web address: . Email contact:
Contact telephone number: 07947564139
2012-Present: Undertaking BA Honours degree with the Open College of the Arts.
2013: Drawing Workshop tutored by OCA tutor Olivia Irvine. WASPS Studio, Edinburgh.
2008- 2012: Strathclyde University Open Studies Programme: Life drawing; Life drawing in Colour; Portraiture; Acrylic painting.
1990-1991: Visual Arts Studio. Portfolio preparation

Professional Societies
Member of the Society of Scottish Artists
Group Exhibitions
2014: Lighthouse Gallery, Featured artist, Glasgow Revive MS Support, Annual Exhibition
2013: Lighthouse Gallery, Featured artist, Glasgow Revive MS Support Annual Exhibition
2012: Lighthouse Gallery, Glasgow Revive MS Support Annual Exhibition
Open Studio Events
2013: December 2012
2012: December 2013
2013, "Caprese's", Private collection, Australia; 2012 "Glasgow Cathedral at Dusk", Private collection, UK; 2011,"Be Mine Forever, Private collection, Glasgow.
2010: National Trust for Scotland Project: Wedding project "Pollok House"
Paintings in Private Collections
2014: “Secret Space”, Acrylic on Canvas, Glasgow; Evening Cranes, Clydeside, Acrylic on paper.
2013: “Looking to Ailsa Craig”, Acrylic on Canvas, Glasgow; “Girvan: Looking to Arran and Ailsa Craig”, Acrylic on Canvas, Glasgow; “Brooding Dawn over Glasgow”, Acrylic on Canvas, Glasgow; “Evening Draws in, Govan”, Acrylic on Canvas, Glasgow; “Winter Morning, Clydeside”, Acrylic on Canvas, Glasgow.
2012: "Red Lilies, Acrylic on Paper, Glasgow; "Red Tulips", Watercolour on paper, Glasgow ; "Trongate at Dusk, Acrylic on Canvas, Glasgow"; "Put on your red dress ”, Mixed media on paper, Glasgow; “Dear Green Place”, Acrylic on paper, Glasgow.
2011: “Pink Sunset over Govan”, Acrylic on canvas, Glasgow; “Pete”: Watercolour on Paper, Glasgow.
1992: “Jude” Pastel and mixed media collage, Glasgow.