Mary knew from early on that she wanted to paint. As many women artists do, she focused on her family first. Though she started painting at an early age , she started her art career in earnest at age 45. While  largely self-taught, she has studied with various well-known artists and has taken many art courses. She has had a number of one-woman shows, participated in many prestigious art shows and exhibits. She has been the subject of many articles and interviews, most notably the New York Times, Newsday, Channel 21, L I public T V station and Distinction Magazine. She participated in the designer showcases of Mansions and Millionaires on Long  Island    Her work is in private and corporate collections throughout the US, Australia, and Ireland.