Education: Growing up in NYC, Mary had an early interest in art and enjoyed visiting the city's museums and traveled to Europe. Mary received excellent art instruction in high school, where her love of realism was encouraged. Her father had died when she was nine, so in college she took studied computer science and music, in order to be able to support herself. She took art courses after graduation, seeking courses that taught draftsmanship and classic technique.
Mary has remained loyal to her convictions, inspired by the museums in NYC and in Europe, particularly the Flemish masters. Mary has developed a contemporary style that is original and true to her beliefs, informed by the paintings she has admired.