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Mary Helen Davey was born in Portsmouth, UK, in 1936 and has lived in Hampshire all her life. She received her education at Daley’s Commercial School in Portsmouth, and after working as a private secretary for eight years, devoted the next fifteen years to raising her two sons and establishing the home in which she and her husband now live near the Hampshire village of Wickham.
In 1974 Mary started painting wild flowers in their natural habitat, painting under the name Mary Dipnall, her maiden name. The beautiful close-by Meon Valley held for her a wealth of subject material and she has developed her style around her subjects, choosing unusual perspectives that delight the eye and capture beauty and colouring often missed.
Mary is also an accomplished still life painter of the Provencal style kitchen scenes that are equally sought after by collectors from around the world. Her many exhibitions, both in the UK and in the USA, have met with deserved success.
Writing under the name of Helen Davey, Mary has now branched out into writing novels. The romantic Journey to Melford is her first novel.