Mary Taylor was born in Devonport, Auckland in 1948. She was educated at Auckland University, Teachers College and later, Massey University. She was formerly a teacher and has worked as a professional artist since 1983.
Taylor lives on Auckland’s West Coast and her works draw inspiration from New Zealand’s heritage architecture, flora and fauna, landscape and seascape. Her work is decorative, rich and ornate, but always grounded in realism. Taylor has successfully exhibited since her first exhibition in 1979 and is known as one of New Zealand’s leading print makers. Her work is in corporate and private collections throughout New Zealand and in many parts of the World. Taylor is best known for her hand-coloured etchings, but she also paints, writes and illustrates books. One of her books ‘Old Blue: the Rarest Bird in the World’ she won a non-fiction award in the 1994 AIM Book Awards.