Mary Batchelor (died October 2017)
We have learned from Chas Batchelor of the passing of Mary in October 2017. She became an associate member and regular exhibitor with Visual Arts Scotland and the Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts and was an artist member of Paisley Art Institute. She was also awarded the Mayfest MacRoberts prize in 1997 and the Mackintosh residency in Collioure, on France's Mediterranean coast in 2011.
Mary's work is bold, bright and full of energy and vigour, and brought pleasure to gallery spaces and people's homes across the UK and further afield - from London, Dublin, Munich and France, to the island of Islay.
She loved to travel and her journeys featured across her paintings. But the places she loved most were in her native Scotland, particularly the western Highlands and islands. In her own words, Mary said: "With my work I try to do justice to the land and sea which I see before me. It is Scotland's ability to surprise which has always amazed me."
The Guardian, 22nd November 2017