Born in Hunstanton, Norfolk. Mary worked at Anglia Television in Norwich for 11 years until the opportunity arose to take up painting seriously in 1989. No formal art training, but attended watercolour painting courses and life drawing classes at the Norwich School of Art. A close friend encouraged her to exhibit her work, and she has continued to have a series of successful exhibitions in the East Anglia area.
She is primarily associated with painting children, always trying to capture natural play and expressions. She was accepted by the Enterprise Allowance Programme to produce greetings cards of her work, which are selling well in the East Anglia area. She subsequently produced the Suffolk Training and Education Council Christmas card, along with corporate cards for companies such as Pubmaster every Christmas, as well as her own Christmas cards and Calendar which sell out quickly every year.
Other projects include a commission from Anglia Television to produce water-colours for a commercial, a commission to provide 15 original water-colours for a company boardroom, and an approach from the well-known children's book publishers, Walker Books. Additionally, she is constantly adding new cards to her own range, together with limited edition prints. She was delighted that her work should be mentioned in an article about Southwold in The Sunday Times in August 95. She was also the subject of a series on local artists on Anglia Television in 1994. .
Mary discovered Southwold in 1992 when she hired the picturesque Garden Gallery at the back of Sutherland House Restaurant for short summer exhibitions. Encouraged by her success, she took over the Gallery on a full-time basis and eventually bought the shop in the High Street in 1998. In 2001 Mary painted the cover for a brochure promoting the new Pier extension in Southwold, and an annual commission to provide the cover for the Christmas Lights brochure, the original of which is auctioned off every year for the Lights Fund. In June 2005 she sold the Garden Gallery in order to have more freedom to paint. She still has a very long waiting list for commissions
In 2010 Mary featured in the East Anglian Daily Times Suffolk Magazine and the Eastern Daily Press Norfolk Magazine. She was also filmed for a DVD promoting Southwold which highlighted her work as a reflection of the feeling of traditional beach holidays.
2006 Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours Mall Galleries London.
2008 Society of Women Artists Mall Galleries London