A native of Liberal, Kansas, Mary earned her BFA at Kansas State University and spent 17 years in commercial art as a fashion illustrator and graphic designer. During those years she also painted commissioned portraits and figurative work while attending workshops with noted painters Everett Raymond Kinstler, David Leffel and Daniel Gerhartz. Along with her figurative work, Mary also produces western genre paintings of buffaloes, cowboys, horses and landscapes.
John Singer Sargent, Jules Bastien-Lepage, Nicolai Fechin, as well as a host of other American and French artists continue to be her inspiration. Kansas City born, Abstract Expressionist, Paul Jenkins, and his love of color, has been a big influence on her as well. Mary aspires to produce fine art at the level of these master painters.
Mary has exhibited in numerous regional and national exhibitions including the El Dorado Art from the Heartland Regional and National Exhibitions, the Kansas Academy of Oil Painters regional exhibitions, the Bosque Conservatory National Exhibition, the Wichita National Small Oils Exhibition, and the Oil Painters of America National Exhibition. Mary is also a member of Wichita Women Artists, Oil Painters of America, and has even served as the president of the Kansas Academy of Oil Painters.