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A native of San Diego, California, Mary McClain grew up 60 miles East of Portland in the Cascade mountains of the Columbia Gorge surrounded by forests, rivers and wildlife before making Portland her home in 1979.
 She studied fine art at Portland State University and received a BA degree in Painting in 1984. She has continued to broaden her art education for many years through workshops, travel and ongoing classes. She and her husband, Nolan Hibbard, have been residents of the Portsmouth Neighborhood in North Portland since 2001. They live with three small parrots in an old farmhouse that they are slowly renovating. With a great love of the natural world and its beauty, Mary is now happily returning to her roots as an artist.