Born in Ohio, Mary grew up with a love of two things: animals and art. Always finding new ways to incorporate her passions, she combined her love of pets and imagery with a short stop-action animation film, “Jungle Beasties in Jeopardy.”
She attended Marian University and majored in Fine Art. Her studies included drawing human figures, creating ceramic sculptures, setting stained glass or silk screening and working in oils. In her Senior year of college she was awarded the All Department Art Award, Outstanding Senior.
After graduating, Mary began a career as an interior and retail designer, working for several private design studios, department stores and retail fixture design and manufacturing firms.
She volunteered as the head of liturgical art at her church. Her illustrations and patterns were turned into fifteen foot etched glass panels that illuminated the Blessed Sacrament Chapel (St. Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church, Indianapolis, IN).
Her diversity in art includes illustrations, murals, design and marketing materials. In 2011, The Adventures of Frissle the Bear, a children’s story written and illustrated by her, was published.
In 2013 Mary began exploring the medium of watercolor, studying under notable artists and exhibiting in the Watercolor Society of Indiana Show, Hoosier Salon, including a first and second place sweep (Professional Division) in 2018. In 2019 Mary had two paintings featured in the juried Art of the Land exhibition at Minnestrista Center in Muncie.
Mary continues to explore new methods and techniques in painting with recent additions of alcohol inks, cast epoxy and watercolor, as well as media mixing with the aforementioned.