Mary Jessie Sullivan is an artist living by the sea in sunny Hawkes Bay. After completing a Bachelor of Visual Arts and Design at Ideaschool, EIT, Taradale in 2015 Mary now works as a full time artist from her sea-side studio in Haumoana, Hawkes Bay, and her work is in collections throughout NZ and internationally.

Mary paints abstract landscapes and seascapes in textured acrylic as well as oil paint blended with translucent cold wax. Her other medium uses organic materials such as beeswax, pigment and shellac, heating them for the process of encaustic wax on wood. Encaustic painting is an ancient technique, dating back to the Greeks who created portraits in wax to place over a mummy of the deceased as a memorial. The colour remains true to this day. By nature, these elements originate from the same source and by uniting them within the artwork a special link is formed.