Mary was raised on a working farm in Illinois, where she was surrounded by animals of all kinds. Helping with the chores and close contact with the cows, pigs, sheep, chickens, and horses, fostered a love of all animals. Her special fondness of horses continued to grow as she competed in horse shows as a child and cross country fox hunts (not live) as a young adult. Following art classes in high school, Mary received additional training at Parson’s School of Design. However, her heart was not in the commercial aspect of art, but rather in fine art where she could capture, forever, in her portraits the likeness of someone’s pet or family member. After marriage in 1968, and beginning a family, Mary once again brought horses back into her life. Her daughters used to ride with her on the thoroughbred and arab / morgan mix horses they owned. She uses many of the horses at the stables around the Atlanta area as subjects in her paintings. Mary’s current companions are her three miniature schnauzers which are always at her side, even in the studio where she does her many commissioned portraits of both animals and people.
Mary is also expanding her art to include landscape paintings with ongoing training in oils and acrylics. Her love of the creative process will keep her learning and discovering new ways of expression for years to come.