After graduatuating from The Cleveland Institute of Art in 1989, portraiture dominated Mary's career. She stayed busy painting until her daughter was born in January 2003. In 2005 Mary joined The Sullivan's Island Plein Air Painters. In 2010 Mary joined the Charlest Artist Collective and continues to paint portraits through Karen Hagen Fine Art Gallery & Studio. Currently, Mary lives with her two young children and husband in South Carolina.