Born and raised in New Orleans in a family of artists, Mary began painting at an early age. By the time she was a teenager she was teaching in her own art school for children. In Silicon Valley CA she demonstrated for art clubs & taught painting in elementary schools including having students help her complete enormous backdrops for plays. Her innovative "loose" teaching style provided her full classes while an instructor for Adult Education. Mary exhibits her paintings at Valley Art Gallery in Walnut Creek CA. She has also shown her work in galleries & businesses in Saratoga, Santa Clara, Cupertino, Sunnyvale, Los Altos, Carmel, Carmel Valley and her own gallery in Benicia CA.
Her representational art is influenced by the early California Impressionists and Paul Cezanne’s work. She studied at Foothill & De Anza Colleges in Silicon Valley and was tutored extensively by the late renowned artist Michael Linstrom. Robert Burridge has influenced her work in recent years.
Those fond of Mary’s paintings have shared they get a feeling of romanticism when viewing them. What Mary says about her work: “To express myself creatively has been the core of my existence from childhood. Without it I don’t feel grounded. Abstract painting is my current favorite. To have no restriction in what my end product should be is a wonderful experience. Even so my intention is to convey tender emotions or a sense of passion.”
See the article written in the Benicia, CA newspaper about Mary: