(1923 - 2003)
Mary was born in Loyal, a small town in central Wisconsin and lived in Milwaukee throughout her adult life. She showed a creative spirit and desire to pursue art from an early age. Alas, "artist" was not something that a woman in the 1940s could expect to pursue alone. After high school graduation she was shipped off to Eau Claire Wisconsin to attend secretarial school with two pairs of socks and $100.00. Undaunted, she made her way to Milwaukee in the mid 1940s and with her small salary attended the Milwaukee Art Institute and the Layton School of Art.
Education included the Milwaukee Art Institute (Charles Thwaites), Layton School of Art (1944-1948) (Gerrit Sinclair, Lester Schwartz, Forest Flower, Robert Von Neuman), University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee( Joseph Friebert, John Colt, Burkert, Alicia Czechowski, Roy Behrens, Lawrance Rathsack, etc.), private instruction, art workshops, and tours including three months in Italy and Europe, New England waterco...