Mary Osborn Reed

Born and educated in England, Mary emigrated to Canada in 1953. She spent four years in Germany, returning to to Canada in 1965, settled in the beautiful Comox Valley, which has provided inspiration for most of her artwork. She has spent eleven years at North Island College and has obtained all her university fine arts credits in drawing, painting, illustrating, relief print making, serigraph, and art history. She also took the Emily Carr workshop for engraving and intaglio printing. Her preferred mediums are acrylic, charcoal, and watercolour.

Over the years Mary has won several awards at juried art shows around Vancouver Island, including:

  • A first in drawing “Wooden Images” – 1979, Nanaimo
  • Award of Merit in painting “Downes Point” – 1980, Nanaimo
  • A first in serigraph “Debussy” Quartet – 1982, Parksville
  • A first in woodblock print “First Snowfall”
  • And a third intaglio “Dandelion World” – 1983, Nanaimo

In 1985 Mary was chosen by Jack Shadbolt to have her serigraph print “Rainy Day” tour around Vancouver Island with the show “Images and Objects III” ending in Robson Square, Vancouver. She was chosen again by “Images and Objects VI” to attend the BC Festival of Arts at Kimberley in 1988 for her serigraph “Soft Moss at High Altitude”.

Mary has been featured in local Galleries and in private collections in Canada, Germany, England, and the USA.