Mary McSweeney received her formal art training at the Cork College of Art and Design where she studied fine art and graphics. A native of Killarney, Co. Kerry, Ireland. she began her professional career as an Artist when she opened her first studio in Tralee in 1979. Mary has exhibited at the Siamsa Tire Gallery in Tralee, the Irish American Heritage Gallery in Chicago, the University of Notre Dame in Indiana, the Irish American Heritage Museum Gallery in NY, the Paul VI Institute for the Arts in DC, the Chicago Dramatists Workshop Gallery, the Garden State Art Center in NJ, the Aisling Gallery in Hingham, MA, the Spring & Bull Gallery in Newport, RI, the Guyer Barn Gallery in Hyannis, and many others.
Her portrayal of the Irish people at work and at play evokes the same memorable nostalgia that made Norman Rockwell's heartwarming scenes of life in America so popular. Mary does for the Irish what Norman Rockwell did for 1950's America.
Mary's work is highly sought after by Irish and Irish-American companies. Her paintings are acknowledged on both sides of the Atlantic as being authentically "Irish to the core". Her many successful exhibitions, patrons and commissions bear testimony to her carefully honed talents and deep affection for her native country and all it represents.
Mary travels to Ireland to sketch and paint, she then completes each painting at her studio on Cape Cod where she now lives with her husband Michael Browne. They have two sons Kerry and Daniel.
You can visit Mary at her Studio and Gallery on historic Route 6A in Barnstable and personally view her art or you can also view her work online at http://www.marymcsweeney.com/