About Mary Frame B.A. (Fine Art)

Mary Frame studied Fine Art at Durham University, where she specialised in Textile Design and wrote her Thesis on Paul Klee.

After a period of freelance design in fabrics and wallpaper she moved to West Africa in the early 60’s. There she taught Art and Craft at a Teacher Training  College in Ghana before moving to Nigeria where she was Head of the Textile Department at Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria.


During 70’s Mary ran her own hand-crafted textiles business in London.


She took up painting again in 1980 before moving to the Cotswolds in 1985.  In partnership with her daughter, Gill Carrick, Mary opened Cotswold  Art Supplies in Stow-on-the-Wold in 1986, a business supplying materials for Artists and providing a picture-framing service.


Having spent her early years in Northumberland,  Mary Frame has always loved wide, wild landscapes and is fascinated by the underlying geographical structures which form these landscapes.


Her paintings aim to capture the scale of large landscapes and to interpret their mood and atmosphere.   These ‘interpretations’ take different forms:  she paints in Oil, Watercolour or Pastel, using and manipulating each medium to create the mood of that particular scene,  but seldom mixing the media.   In addition she has developed a unique type of Watercolour Collage, the result of which gives a further dimension to the scene.  The angular aspect of these collages is also used in paintings where she uses thin Ink to build up many overlapping layers, resulting in a ‘jewelled’ effect, and a feeling that the forms extend beyond that which is immediately visible to the eye.


She has exhibited regularly in London with the Pastel Society and the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour and also exhibits locally in the Cotswolds and North-West Scotland. Has had one-man exhibitions in Braemar, Ullapool, London and Durham. She is a past Chairman of Fosseway Artists and a founder member of the Helios group of painters.