Marie Phelan was born in County Galway, has lived in the UK and now lives in County Wexford. She combines photography with painted backgrounds that enhance the characteristics of her home-grown flowers and plants. She has a Fellowship distinction from the Irish Photographic Federation, and is a member of Wexford Camera Club. She has exhibited in the Royal Photographic Society’s Summer Exhibition group show, in Wexford during the opera festival and Wexford Arts Centre. As a keen gardener she has her pick of subject material, and with an eye to future images she grows unusual and colourful plant varieties. Her painted backdrops are achieved using watercolour and mixed media. While a background is ‘in a state of flux’, she judges the moment to place her flower or plant, and captures it with a macro lens.