Mary and her husband, Jim, relocated to Wilmington, NC in 1995. Memberships in professional organizations such as Oil Painters of America, Associated Artists of Southport, Wilmington Art Association, Brunswick Arts Council, and Oak Island Art Guild enhance her rich experience of painting in NC. She also feels her work with a weekly plein air group is a wonderful learning experience. However, her favorite subjects remain still life, where she can incorporate her own garden flowers with accessories acquired over a lifetime into meaningful paintings.
Mary has studied withthe following: UNCW – Sybil Thearling; Cape Fear Community College – Gary Eyster; Seminars/workshops including those by Mary Whyte, Kurt Anderson, Perry Austin, John Poon, Rick McClure; Ridgewood Art Assn, Ridgewood, NJ – John Osborne and Kathryn Lewis.