The Heart’s a Wonder

Rose on Snow - watercolour on paper

St. Valentines Day, a day for love, or maybe just another commercial opportunity, or in our kitchen, an excuse to make heart- shaped cookies, – different strokes for different folks! However,  on this day of days, may I encourage you to spare a thought for that incredibly resilient, persistent, yet sometimes fragile machine that keeps us going through each day. The HEART – indeed a wonder!

In all it’s complexity, the heart encompasses the best of every aspect of us and unfortunately tells the story of our frailties just as readily, as I can well attest to.

This link is well worth looking at for all the information you will need to keep your heart as happy and healthy as can be.

Heart Amaryllis – watercolour on paper

In 2000, I held my first exhibition as a full time artist as part of Kilkenny Arts Festival. ‘At the Heart’ was the title of that exhibition and the theme for much of my work ever since. The title painting – ‘Amaryllis –  At The Heart’ marked the beginning of what I believe will be a lifelong consuming fascination for painting the essence of life, love and meaning.

These are some images of hearts that emerged in Birr Castle Gardens, near where I live, in the garden of my dear friend, Yvonne at Painting Skiathos in Kolios,  Skiathos, Greece, and on a stone in the porch outside the church in Perros Guirec in Brittany near my friend Katels’ home. Have a look around and see just how many reminders you can find of the wonders of your heart.


Heart Branches, Birr Castle Demesne, Birr, Co. Offaly

Heart on Stone, Perros Guirec, Bretagne, France.

Heart Leaf - Orchid Tree, Villa Nicara, Skiathos, Greece



Mary delights in the process of botanical art. Capturing the essence of a plant with it's sensuality, beauty and frailty in a contemporary scientifically truthful way is her greatest challenge as an artist. She encourages the viewer to look again and really see the complex magical world of plants.
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11 Responses to The Heart’s a Wonder

  1. Chrissy Marie says:

    Beautiful paintings, I love the rose on snow…not the easiest of textures. It is lovely to see you blogging. Sending you hearts 😀

  2. yvonne ayoub says:

    Oh, Mary – another fabulous post – it brought a tear to my eye; so beautifully written and your amazing paintings too….what more could one ask for? Just that you take good, good care of yourself…..that’s all……With love. Y xx

  3. Andy says:

    Hi Mary….. Happy Valentines Day to you too!…….

    Good to see you sharing your art with us all and also good to see that your art reflects your life, or maybe your life reflects your art?……. XX

  4. May your heart be full … and healthy. Thank you for so much beauty, so much color, Mary. It all sets my heart just right. Just gorgeous… blessings to you …

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