passion for creativity comes from a lifelong interest in the arts
of various mediums.
Mary was born in New Jersey
and raised in Florida. Much of her early appreciation of the arts
comes from her mother Winefride, who had a passion for painting of
landscapes and nature. She gave away much of her work to family
and friends as gifts, who highly cherished her work.
In 1973, Mary married her
husband Ray while still living in Florida, and this year they will
be celebrating 46 years of marriage. Ray had always had a passion
for photography as well as other various graphic arts. Together
they enjoyed and frequented many arts & craft shows throughout
Mary's first interest for
her own creativity came from floral arrangements and needlework.
She used her pieces to decorate their home and received many
compliments. Mary had a full time career as a banker for over 45
years, so it wasn't until her retirement in 2017 that she was able
to further pursue her artistic endeavors.
During the 1980's &
90's, Ray had a woodworking business, and sold much of his work at
craft malls and arts & craft shows throughout the Dallas/Fort
Worth Metroplex. Mary would join him with these shows to offer
sales support as well as moral support. They were long and
grueling hours at times, but she continued to work at her career
as well as to help out at these functions on weekends. Mary got to
meet many of the crafters in the business working with various
mediums. At one of the craft malls in Mesquite, TX, Mary got to
meet and befriend an extremely talented jewelry artist, Nell
Henry, who eventually took Mary under her wing and to give her
some pointers in creating her own jewelry pieces. They grew closer
with their friendship and Mary grew fonder of working with
jewelry. Since that time, Mary has developed her skills and her
own style of crafting jewelry pieces.
Mary tends to be a
perfectionist, and carefully creates each piece through meticulous