Mary Vallely studied art and design for 5 years in college and has been working as an artist in London for 10 years, selling and exhibiting work through café art, crisis and other organisations promoting outsider artwork.
‘Art helps with my depression. I have a history of homelessness and use day centres to access art materials. Without these I would be unable to create my work. I love using colour; it helps my mood; the sadder I am the more colour comes out; the pain becomes beautiful. I love to experiment and my art is always changing and evolving. I have recently started hat making classes at crisis skylight which is quite different for me and very out of my comfort zone.’