Mary was born in Vancouver and influenced by childhood summers in the forests and beaches of the West Coast. 
At age 22 she became an RN and worked and travelled in the UK, Europe, travelling as far as the Azores and absorbing cultures and their artistic legacies.

Returning to Canada, she spent a year traveling overland in South America, falling  in  love with the arts of that continent, returning to a home on Bowen Island to explore spinning and weaving.

Later moving to North Vancouver she raised a family,  workiing as a nurse with a special interest in holistic health.  A lifelong passion for creating things and learning about art led to following the dream of formal art education.   Her fascination with Renaissance art was further developed by visiting galleries in many of the large cities of the U.S., Canada and Europe. Traveling to China overland, when foreign visitors were first allowed, and to India with her adult children led to more cultural knowledge.   Her experiences with healing energy, the mysteries of the human bonds and the forces of nature have merged and become part of her now full time artistic endeavours.