A native of Liberal, Kansas, Mary earned her BFA at Kansas State University and spent 17 years in commercial art as a fashion illustrator and graphic designer for the largest newspapers in Oklahoma and Kansas. During those years she also painted commissioned portraits and figurative work while attending workshops with noted painters Everett Raymond Kinstler, David Leffel and Daniel Gerhartz.
Along with her figurative work, Mary also produces western genre paintings of buffaloes, cowboys, horses and landscapes. Mary has been surrounded by master level paintings her entire life. Her inspiration comes from her Great Uncle, Wayman Adams, who was an accomplished painter and lithographer who practiced in Indiana, New York and Texas. Wayman met her Aunt, Margaret Graham Boroughs, also an accomplished painter, in William Merritt Chase’s painting class in Italy. John Singer Sargent, Jules Bastien-Lepage, Nicolai Fechin, as well as a host of other American and French artists continue to be her inspiration. Kansas City born, Abstract Expressionist, Paul Jenkins, and his love of color, has been a big influence on her as well. Mary aspires to produce fine art at the level of these master painters
EXHIBITS & AWARDS
10 Regional Addy Awards for Illustration and Design (American Federation of Advertising Awards) For the Daily Oklahoman, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and Wichita Eagle, Wichita, Kansas Kansas State Fair Awards: Two Awards of Merit, Mace John Award, Special State Fair Award, Best of Show El Dorado Art From the Heartland Regional Exhibition (Two Paintings Best of Show) El Dorado Art From the Heartland National Exhibition KU School of Medicine One Person Show Baker Art Center One Person Show, Liberal, Kansas Regional showings with the Kansas Academy of Oil Painters and Wichita Women Artists Bosque Conservatory National Exhibition, Clifton Texas 2006 Wichita National Small Oils Exhibition 2006 Oil Painters of America Exhibition 2007, Southwind Gallery, Topeka Kansas
Mary is a member of Oil Painters of America, Wichita Women Artists and Kansas Acadamy of Oil Painters.