Mary Want has lived in the Ashford area since 1953, first of all in Kennington but since 1976 in the village of Hamstreet.
Mary's artistic training consisted of three years at Art College in Essex where she specialised in Lettering, Illustration and the History of Costume. On leaving College she worked as a commercial artist in several London advertising agencies.
On coming to Ashford she continued her commercial work as a freelance whilst at the same time developing her work as a painter. As responsibility for her young family eased she was able to devote an increasing amount of time to her painting's and eventually dropped the commercial work altogether.
Her work has been exhibited at two solo exhibitions in Ashford Library as well as other occasional smaller exhibitions at home and in other places such as the William Harvey Hospital. Her work covers a wide area in subject matter including book illustration and she is at ease in using most of the media forms. As she has matured as an artist, Water Colour has become the preferred medium with pastel as a second choice. Romney Marsh in all its aspects and moods is a frequent subject for landscapes and also studies of birds, animals and flowers.
Since 1992 Mary has been President of the Romney Marsh Art Society and for forty years a member of Ashford Art Society. In recent years she has developed further as a lecturer and demonstrator in water colour and pastel to amateur Art Societies within a wide area of the county.