Last Name
Ryan

First Name
Mai

Place of Birth
Ireland

Member since
01.03.2001

Date of birth
12.05.1950

Technique
Mouth painter

About Mai
Growing up on a farm near Cashel with two brothers Mai had an idyllic childhood, loving the rural landscape about her. After secondary school she trained as a nurse in Dublin and then returned to her home town to complete her course and qualify in general nursing. Her plan was to return to Dublin to train as a maternity nurse.

But on the bitterly cold night of January 12th 1976 Mai’s plans came to an abrupt end. A tragic accident when the car she was travelling in skidded on a patch of frozen sugar beet which had fallen from a lorry left Mai with a broken neck and paralysed from the neck down.

After a period of rehabilitation Mai lived for some years with family members until 1990 when she moved to St Mary’s Hospital in Phoenix Park where she now lives in the Connell Ward.

It was the casual words of a nurse here that led her to a new career – her boyfriend taught art and maybe Mai would like to attend some of his classes.

After a year Mai had learned the technique of painting with a brush held in the mouth. A further course of lectures in Dun Laoghaire with teachers from the National College of Art helped her become more proficient and for three years Mai had the use of a studio in Temple Bar.

In the year 2000 a friend who received an MFPA Christmas card told Mai about it and before long Mai had her work assessed and became a member of the Association and she hasn’t looked back since. She has had two exhibitions of her work in Dublin in the last few years.

Mai mostly paints landscapes inspired by her surroundings in the park.