Mary Ashleigh (also known as Margaret Gregson) has lived in Lancashire all her life. She is married with four grown up children.
From a small child, Mary has always loved drawing, and had a fascination with fairies and fairytales. She was always engrossed in books and her particular favourites were “The Magic Faraway Tree” by Enid Blyton and “Bill Frog to the Rescue” by Cam. Both stories captured her imagination, as well as the wonderful illustrations, especially the brilliant artwork of Cam.
Margaret has developed her own artistic style after studying art at college in the 1970s. While she has drawn inspiration from artists she admires, including Cam, Michael Hague and Arthur Rackham, her main source of inspiration continues to be her own imagination.