A graduate of Wayne State University, with a Bachelor degree in Fine Art, Mary has spent her life successfully painting in various mediums. Primarily known for her work in transparent watercolor, her subjects vary from structures, still life or the surrounding scenery, to the bizarre; such as dreams and emotional issues. She also expresses herself through textile and sculpture

            Since 1993, Mary has taught adults and children.Her teaching goals are to help others to develop their own visual skills and increase their self-awareness while building their confidence. Whether working with students Plein-air or in a studio setting, her sense of humor and relaxed demeanor generates the kind of critique that frees a student to safely soar with their own creativity and style.


  • 2016 ArtRapids Fine Art Fair, held in Veterans’ Memorial Park,  Elk Rapids, MI
    • Sponsored by Art Rapids! 
  • 2016 Outdoor Fine Art Fair, held on the Northern Michigan College Campus grounds, Traverse City, MI
    • Sponsored by Crooked Tree Art Center, Traverse City, MI
  • 2015 Outdoor Fine Art Fair, held on the Northern Michigan College Campus grounds, Traverse City, MI
    • Sponsored by Crooked Tree Art Center, Traverse City, MI
  • Scholarship High School Art Awards
    • Sponsored by Jordan River Arts Council, East Jordan, MI

Teaching Locations Current & Past




  • Held at Art Center of Battle Creek 265 E. Emmett St., Battle Creek, MI 49017

  • Sponsored by: Southwest Michigan Watercolor Society

Elk Rapids, MI ~   Weekly Watercolor Class  

Battle Creek, MI ~  Watercolor Workshop

Alden, MI ~   Weekly Watercolor Class (indoors and Plein-air [seasonal])

Dennos Museum, Traverse City, MI ~   Life Drawing workshop

 Artcenter, Traverse City, MI ~  Life Drawing & Watercolor workshops

Mackinac Island, MI ~ Plein-air watercolor workshop  ~  Critique/painting watercolor workshop

Glen Arbor Art Association, Glen Arbor, MI:

      Life Drawing/portrait workshop

Pine Hill Nursery, Eastport, MI:

      Watercolor 3 day class

Kettunen Center, Tustin, MI:

5 day watercolor workshop


Mary's Continuing Education:                                                               INSTRUCTOR

Abstract Figure & Collage                                             ~Bob Burridge

Compositional Design; Painting Fabric Surfaces & Art Quilt Workshop                                                                                      - Desi Vaughn

· Canvas/Surface Preparation                                        - Charles Murphy

· Chinese Watercolor Workshop                                    - Lien Zhen

· All Media Workshop                                                    - Clayton Beck III

Experimental Watercolor Workshop                    - Mary Anne Beckwith

Watercolor Workshop                                            - Joe Fettingis                                  

· Pastel Portrait Class                                                   - Rinaldo Minervini

· Watercolor Workshop                                                 - Irving Shapiro

· "Figure on Saturday”- Life Drawing                            - Group, no instructor

· “Monday’s” - Life Drawing                                         - Proctor, no instructor

· Watercolor Workshop                                                 - Charles Murphy

· Weekly on site Workshops                                        - Chuck Forman


 Demonstrations:   (hired & sponsored by)

  • Traverse City’s Friday Night Live Festival

Pastel, graphite, watercolor, and 3’x4’ canvases with acrylic

  • Heritage Festival, Alden, MI

Watercolor Demo

  • Downtown Art Walk; Traverse City, MI

Watercolor Demo

  • Michigan Municipal League Special Event

                        3’x4’ canvas with acrylics


Larger Work:

Murals on glass (11’ x  4’ to 11’ x 60’)

                  Grand Traverse Resort, Acme, MI

Murals on glass (6’ x 15’)        

                  Kilwin’s Chocolate Shoppe, Traverse City, MI

Murals on glass (8’ x 20’)        

                  Harborwear Clothing Stores, Traverse City and Elk Rapids, MI

Mural on hardwood panels, (4’ x 16’)

                  Bellaire Library, children’s section, Bellaire, MI

Mural on drywall (16’ x 50’)     

                  St Luke’s Catholic Church, Bellaire, MI

Fiberglass fish form (5’ x 4’)

Petoskey Red Cross Fundraiser “The Great Northern Fish-in”

Two designs were sponsored;

1. Iridescent stained glass, automobile glitter, and paint applied to surface

2. 3-D and relief sculpture applied to surface


Commercial Art Work:

              Medical Illustration

              Blueprint Key lining


Architectural décor for Condominium complex

               Restoration of antique Italian Nativity Set:  Plaster, nineteen 24” statues

Restoration of antique Italian Crucifix; Carved wood Corpus of Christ (10’ crucifix)