Growing up in a rural town in the Hudson Valley of New York State, Mary was influenced by the energy and excitement of Manhattan while surrounded by the beauty, tranquility and dramatic season changes of the country. She now lives close to where she grew up. Her mother was an artist and art materials were her toys. Becoming an artist was never a choice, it was an integral part of her life. Mary loved the feel of the materials and was drawn to brilliant colors and textures. Not surprisingly she became an abstract expressionist painter.
Mary received formal training from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York where she earned her BFA degree. She was fortunate to study under Alex Katz, Richard Linder, Robert Mallory and Mercedes Matter. Brilliant color found in the miracle of nature and music, especially Reggae are her inspirations. Her soul was touched when she first learned about “Les Fauves” Matisse, Derain, Vlaminck, Kandinsky and when she saw paintings by Arshile Gorkey, Hans Hoffman, Willem de Kooning and Robert Motherwell.
After college she opened a shop in Greenwich Village called Designpoint where she sold abstract needlepoint canvases. Presently, her art is featured on upscale souvenirs sold nationally to airports and gift shops through her company Fifth Avenue Manufacturers. When she is developing graphics for her souvenir company she is looking out into the world at landmarks and specific icons for inspiration, and the work is representational. When she is painting for herself the imagery comes from within.