Mary Horn is a Dominican Sister, one time teacher, now painter and organic gardener.
Born in Waimate in 1937, Mary has lived in a number of places in New Zealand.
She Began painting in 1992, and has worked and lived at Teschemakers, North Otago, since then.
Her painting explores the spiritual landscape that is the journey we essentially make alone and with others in a paradox of certainty and uncertainty, order and chaos, with continual beginnings and endings. This is expressed in colour and image that moves beyond visual reality to another reality that can only be imagined in symbol which if one allows its power can give but a glimpse of that 'other' we know and don't know but seek on our journey to the infinite in an infinite universe.
This inner landscape is related to the physical landscape of North Otago, which is a deep influence. She says "I am surrounded by fertile black soil, stunning market gardens, rolling grain fields and at the same time craggy limestone cliffs where the hawks nest. The stunning interplay of light creates a powerful juxtaposition of dark and light."
Mediums used are oil on canvas or hardboard for painting.
Charcoal and graphite for drawing, the charcoal is linden made from trees on the property.
Publications: Divine Disclosure- Darkness to Light 2003
Available from the artist NZ$20
Oamaru: Forrester Gallery 1995, 1998, 2003, 2004
3 generations, aunt and two nieces and nephew 2006
Emma's Cafe 2004
Dunedin: Peter Rae Gallery 2003, 2007
Rosslyn Gallery 1999, 2002
Cleveland Living Art 2001
Timaru: York Street Guest Artist 2007
Invercargill: Gallery 55 2002
Waimate: Guest Artist 2002
Won the Hope and Sons Award 1998 Dunedin
Exhibited with 15 other Dominican International Artists at the Minerva in Rome 2000
Care for the Environment is a concern so organized with John Mitchell 2003
'Artists Against Aqua' exhibited Forrester Oamaru and Temple Dunedin
Next exhibition Dunedin Sailsbury House April 2008
The stunning interplay of light creates a powerful juxtaposition of dark and light.