Mary spent the first part of her childhood in San Diego, California. Visits to the pacific ocean, sunny beaches, Balboa Park, Knots Berry Farms, and Disneyland as well as a steady diet of 1960’s pop culture and music-infused her Joie de Vivre! She moved to Washington State with her family in 1969 and 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 studied with William (Bill) Dias Garnett, Mark Andres, and Phyllis Trowbridge among many others, and has continued to broaden her art education through workshops, travel (when possible) research, and ongoing classes. Inspired by light and shadow, emotion, color, the natural world as well as the unseen world, she enjoys working in a variety of media and subject matter including landscapes, still-life, portraits, figurative work, and is currently exploring abstraction. Her work continues to grow, evolve and develop.