Mary is a self-taught artist with a background in mural work and contemporary arts and non-traditional art forms. She is a University of Detroit Mercy alumni specializing in education, English and gender studies. She has a long history of working in elementary and early childhood development as well as high school education and has served as an educator in several schools in Detroit as well as Dearborn. She is a long time advocate of community arts programs and has volunteered in several programs enriching youth and neighborhood development. Mary explores many mediums and techniques in her work ranging from painting murals and extensive canvas work to illustration and design. She also is a seamstress and author working on her own clothing line of wearable art called "Urban Nomad."