About Mary

Mary was born and raised in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania.

From as far back as she can remember, she was drawing and painting. Her love for art never ceases and through the years, it has become a way of expression, enjoyment and relaxation.

Mostly self-taught, Mary has worked primarily in oils; however, recently she has been working in pastels and acrylics.

While in college, Mary took various art courses as electives. Although she would have loved to have been an art major, at that time, she was a single parent and felt it necessary to major in business to take care of her two children.

After college, she could not devote time to her art work, but now that her children have grown and married, there is more time to create and enjoy painting.

Currently, Mary works part-time as she recently retired from her full-time position as project manager. Now, she devotes more time to teaching acrylics and oils. “It is a wonderful feeling to be creative in a way that people enjoy and appreciate. When my work is displayed, whether it be a pet portrait, a landscape, or a floral, the satisfaction of being the creator of an image brings such joy to my life.”

Mary holds a B.S. Degree in Business Management and a Master’s Degree in Public Management. She is also a member of the Pittsburgh Pastel Artists League where she was past President, Pittsburgh Society of Artists, McMurray Art League, McKeesport Art Group and South Hills Artists League. Recently, Mary became a certified William Alexander instructor. Mary resides in West Mifflin Pennsylvania with her husband.

Classes

Features:

Whopple - Online interview August 2010

Exhibits:

The Galaxie: (Chicago, Illinois) -  2008 and 2009
Royal Tribe “Evolution Fashion and Art Show - 2009
Iris and Ivory Tea Room (Emerling Plaza) - 2009
Pittsburgh Technical Institute - November 1 thru 30, 2011.
Monroeville Library - December 2011
Gallery Sim -  February 3 through March 24, 2012 - CulinaryArt
Gallery Sim - June 2012 - 89 Pittsburgh Neighborhoods
Gallery Sim - Capturing Carson - May 8 through June 5, 2011
Fein Art Gallery - August 20 through September 24, 2010
The Boxheart Gallery - June through July 2010
The Jewish Community Center - 2008
Infuze Magazine - 2007-2008
Zhibit.org - placed 12th out of 200 entries
ArtBisto - Portfolio - August 21- 2009
Trumbull Art Gallery April 2013
West Penn Hospital - April 2013
Mt. Lebanon Library - Sole exhibit April 2013
Southern Allegheny Museum of Art - Juried Exhibit - November 2012 through February 2013
Southern Allegheny Museum of Art - Juried Exhibit - November 2013 through February 2014
Saville Gallery - 2014 - Cumberland, MD
Sarris Library - November 2014 - Canonsburg, PA
Mt. Lebanon Library - July 2015
West Penn Hospital - May/June 2016
St. Clair Hospital - July/August 2016

Memberships:

Pittsburgh Society of Artists - Current
Pittsburgh Society of Illustrators - Current Full Member Status
McMurray Art League - Current Member
South Hills Artist League - Current Member
Southeastern Pastel Society - 2012
Whitehall Art League

Juried:

Pittsburgh Society of Illustrators - Art for a Hire Purpose - Art Institute - July 2013

Steel City Presents - Tree Rivers Circus - July 24, 2011

Slippery Rock University - Exhibition - September, 2011

SAMA - 17th Juried Exhibit - November 2012

SAMA - 18th Juried Exhibit - November 2013

The Hoyt - May/June 2014

Awards:

SAMA - 17th Juried Exhibit, 2012 - Award of Excellence - "Study of Poppies"

2nd Place - Jerry's Artarama Faber Castel Contest - 2011

Teaching:

Grumbacher Acrylics:  September 10, 2011 - March 2012

Colors and Bottles - Instructor - 2013 to 2015

Pat Catan's - Pleasant Hills, PA  - Instructor - Acrylics - Current

Artsy.Academy - Instructor - Acrylics - 2015 - 2016

JoAnn Fabrics - Pleasant Hills, PA - Instructor - Acrylics/Oils - 2015

Paint Parties and More - White Oak - Instructor - Current