Mary Finn paints in a Seomra (wooden cabin) she bought at the Ploughing Championships 10 years ago. She is from Thurles, Co Tipperary, – more specifically, The Gatehouse, Ballinahow Castle, Thurles – from which she ran a farm guesthouse which previously featured in Irish Country Living when we covered her painting holidays for children.

Mary studied for a BA in visual art and before becoming the artist she is today, she was the community education officer for North Tipperary Vocational Education Committee (VEC) for nine years and a farm housewife before that.