1940 - 1986

Mary Higham

Deidre Anne Higham, who painted under the name of Mary Higham, was born at Redgrave, Suffolk in 1940, eldest child of Richard Stagoll Higham (31 March 1903-1996), a pig & poultry farmer, and his wife Diana Nelson Caton (21 October 1913-28 September 2014), only daughter of Richard Bewley Caton of Bacton, who married at St Mary's Church, Bacton, Suffolk on 1 September 1934. Leaving school at the age of 15, Mary studied under Cavendish Morton and at the early age of 16, exhibited at the Royal Academy and was a member of the Ipswich Art Club 1958-1959 where she exhibited in 1958 from Fir Tree Farm, Redgrave, three oil paintings, 'Cabbage', 'Marine Still Life' and 'Still Life of a Melon'. Deidre married at Redgrave in 1959, Timothy Alexander Austen Macpherson (1936-3 May 1986), an army officer, and after spending two years in Germany, Tim retired from the army and they went to live at The Grange, Walcot, Sleaford, Lincolnshire. Mouse Macpherson, as she became known, spent time in Scotland and continued with her painting of the wildlife and exhibiting her work until her untimely death. They had two daughters Katherine Anne (born 1963) and Iona Jane (1965-1986). Deidre Anne Macpherson, husband Timothy and youngest daughter Iona, whilst on a holiday flight to the Maldives, were three of the fourteen passengers killed in the Sri Lanka Colombo airport Tamil guerillas terrorist bombing of a Lanka Airline aircraft on 3 May 1986.
Website: https://wildlifebymouse.com

Royal Academy Exhibits
from Fir Tree Farm, Redgrave, Suffolk
1957 718 Winter: Still Life

Works by This Artist