Mary has drawn and painted since childhood in Sault Ste. Marie, and has worked in oils, acrylics, pen and ink and pastels. After 30 years in Montreal where she had the opportunity to study sketch, life studies and art appreciation at McGill University’s adult classes, she retired to St. Jacobs in 1997 where she began to work in watercolour.
Since moving back to Ontario, Mary has studied with many local artists, and has attended workshops with some of the leading Canadian and International artists. She has also enjoyed group painting trips to the Portugal, France and several times to Italy.
Mary is a member of the Central Ontario Art Association, and a founding member of the Colour Wheel group of artists. Currently, she is a member and Chair of UpTown Gallery in Waterloo Square, Waterloo, and has exhibited at the Waterloo Community Art Centre and the Kitchener Waterloo Society of Artists exhibits for many years. She has also exhibited at the KOR Gallery in Kitchener, Kuntz House Gallery, Homer Watson Gallery, Kitchener Public Library and the Double T Gallery. Her work has been accepted in many juried shows, including the Central Ontario Art Association’s annual show, CrossSections.
In the past months, Mary has returned to working in acrylics and has begun to explore the new medium of water-miscible oils. She continues to work in watercolour, and pen and wash. Her paintings and ink sketches hang in private collections across Canada, the U.S.A and France.