Mary was born in Bethlehem, PA. She began drawing and painting when she was eight years old by taking lessons from a local artist. She began in earnest to paint portraits when she was 16. She attend Wellesley College and later Boston University School of Fine Arts.
With her husband she lived overseas in Egypt, England and Austria from 1976 to 1985. She painted and exhibited all those years but also kept searching for a more rigorous training than she had in art school. On returning to the US, she found Paul Ingbretson and the Boston School and began many years of learning to see and paint as a classical realist.
In 2000 her husband died and she decided to concentrate on commissioned portraiture as a way to support her two sons and stay in the world of painting. It has been a wonderful career and one that she still loves.
She is a member of the Guild of Boston Artists, and is represented by NOA Gallery as well as others. She also paint still life and other figurative works.
Mary also accepts portrait commissions.