Mary graduated with a degree in Electronic Engineering from CIT in 2003 and worked as an engineer with a multi-national company designing electronic devices. Moving to Beara in 2008, she came to know the great community of artists there and began working as a graphic designer for the Buddhist centre Dzogchen Beara. Over time she began selling her own artwork in local galleries.
Mary held her first solo exhibition Crow Head – An Investigation in the Sarah Walker Gallery, Casteltownbere in September 2014. The subject matter included birds, cliffs and turf thulies. She used watercolour, acrylic, oil paint and ink on paper from different sources. Her large aerial drawings of Crow Island brought a sense of place and context to the exhibition. A ruined turf thuile, found on Crow Head and other coastal regions like the Burren, was re-constructed for the exhibition.
Mary uses what is readily available to create new work. She uses pages from her collection of old books to paint and draw on. Her latest exhibition ‘The Dursey Collection’, in Storyboard, Dublin 8 comprised of 12 lino cut prints of the scenes and views from Dursey Island, where Mary lived from September 2016 – May 2017.
Now living in Ardfield, Clonakilty, she continues to use the rugged sea vistas as a source of inspiration.