Former art educator and therapist, Mary Finlayson (AKA Painted Mary), is interested in telling stories through art. Mostly painting interior designs, she explores the ways in which a room can convey thoughts and feelings. “I’m interested in the stories that interiors contain and how we use these spaces to tell stories,” she wrote on her website. “I never look at a room without thinking of the choices inherent in each object and how they are used to portray personal narratives.”
“When I am in other people’s homes I think of myself as a voyeur, glimpsing at the intimacy of how one creates a home and uses interior spaces to reflect their personal identity,” she went on to say. “Interior spaces are deeply personal and reveal an intimacy that is rarely discussed or considered.”
Her paintings are oftentimes in full bloom, with houseplants (wild and somewhat untamed) decorating her painted rooms. Those are painted using bold brush strokes and a rich color palette. Take a look at some of our favorite works of hers and be sure to follow her for more.