Mary Wilson was born in Glasgow where she trained at Glasgow School of Art and Jordanhill College of Education. Early influences whilst at Art School were Joan Eardley and the Catterline Seascapes. Delighted in her final year to be awarded the prize for the best portrait of the year which had also been awarded to Eardley!!
David Donaldson was her painting tutor and influenced her work.
She taught Art & Design in Secondary schools in Glasgow then in Hopeman, Elgin and latterly in Nairn after moving north.
Working in the Glasgow School of Art Charles Rennie Mackintosh was a big influence, Art Nouveau was also a strong influence and a very high point in the Eighties was to have purchased two chairs at an auction for just £3.00 only to have Roger Billcliffe identify them as Mackintoshes! They now sit in The Kelvingrove Art Gallery in Glasgow and the Scottish Gallery in Chamber Street, Edinburgh. She worked mainly on commissions while teaching and bringing up her family.
Within teaching she worked extensively with pupils with special needs and pupils preparing portfolios for Art Colleges . She was an assessor for the Scottish Exam Board at Sixth Year study level. She is still involved with further Education and tutors her own adult art group in Nairn.
Since leaving teaching she has returned to painting and works with eight other artists at the WASPS Blue Door Artists Studios in Nairn.
She works in oil and recently in acrylics as well as gouache pastel and coloured pencil on varying surfaces. She combines her studio work with a weekly untutored life class and her teaching.
She was a founder member of the Highland Print Studio in Inverness.
Commissions undertaken, prices range from £100 upwards depending on finished size/complexity.