At school Mary got into trouble for drawing during class. She was fascinated by the shape, form and colour of birds, houses, animals, flowers and the land. All things were, and still are, to be studied.
With eight children by the age of thirty, she took up her pencils and brushes again and is still enjoying it today. Mary studied briefly with Arthur Phillips and Marjorie Hahn, and enjoys working in all media.
While living in Whyalla Mary joined their art club. She remains a member and exhibitor. When the then State Premier, Don Dunstan, opened an exhibition there, he selected a watercolour by Mary as his momento of the occasion.
Mary has entered and made sales in many exhibitions throughout South Australia.
She is currently a member of the Marion Art Group where she enjoys the camaraderie of this friendly and encouraging group. She appreciates the chance to expand her skills by learning from the various workshops and demonstrations by visiting artists.
Mary says, ‘Enjoy your art, be open to ideas, and be willing to keep learning. Listen to other artists, take what you can use from this, explore ideas, but mostly, relax and enjoy Art.
Mary has sold her paintings to people in New Zealand, England, Ireland, France, Holland, USA, Canada, and all Australian states.