Mary Armstrong Newtown, Massachusetts, USA, 1948-2020

To paint the landscape is, in itself, a statement about the relentless course of nature, the fleetingness of all life, and the ephemeral nature of artistic ambition. At Ballinglen, I became interested in a painting that echoes the simultaneous decay and regeneration of nature.


To me, nothing represents this more clearly than the curtains of weather lashing the North Mayo coast, passing over ancient remains and new construction, then clearing, then lashing out again. It’s like being inside nature’s process—the endless cycle of destruction and creation.          - Mary Armstrong