Working with oil based paints and drawing on her extensive research, Mary is a stickler for authenticity. But, she says, "I'm not a photocopy machine. I reinvent the folk art original by translating it to a new scale." And, she adds, "I don't use any gimmicks. The only tools I have are my eyes, my paints, and my brush." The finished works are amazingly precise interpretations in miniature of American folk art originals dating from the late 17th century into the 19th century.
Now one of the country's best known miniatures artists, Mary's work has been exhibited at Colonial Williamsburg, the Allentown Museum, the National Geographic Heritage Hall in Washington, D.C., the Kansas City Doll House Museum, and in William Penn's home. She has participated in study programs at Colonial Williamsburg and at Sunnyside, Washington Irving's home, and was invited to create an ornament for the White House Christmas tree in 1999. Her work has been featured in International Doll's House Magazine, Nutshell News, Chicago Home and Garden, and Better Homes and Gardens magazines.
Mary has taught at the Guild School in Castine, Maine, for 17 years. She is a member of the International Guild of Miniature Artists, which recognized her as a Fellow, and the National Association of Miniature Enthusiasts, which inducted her into its Academy of Honors.