Mary was born in Cleveland, Ohio. Even though her parents encouraged her to have a more practical career, she pursued art as her life’s work. She became a fashion illustrator and designer and balanced those with motherhood. Later, as an Art Director, she learned about related fields like photography, printing, and merchandising and eventually ran her own business. ◊◊◊ It was then that she met Dan, her second husband, and moved to Boston to be with him. They took a trip to Paris, the beginning of her painting inspiration. When they returned, she studied painting in Boston and later in Pittsburgh. The couple moved back to Cleveland where Mary began showing her work. ◊◊◊ She has published a book through North Light Publishing entitled "No Experience Required, Water-soluble Oils". It is filled with lessons of her painting method and the many colorful paintings for which she is known. ◊◊◊ See four floors of Mary's paintings at the Gordon Building in Crocker Park. ◊◊◊ Building is located between Arhaus and Aladdins and is open from 9 to 5 Monday through Friday.