Mary was born in Bury, Lancashire . She trained initially at Bury School of Art, and then worked as an embroidery designer and later as a commercial artist.
After marriage and raising a family, she returned to fine art, attending many classes at the Bury Arts & Crafts Centre covering painting pottery and sculpture.
Painting has now become a major part of her busy life. Having worked in every media she paints mainly in watercolour and pastel. Landscapes and flowers are her favourite subjects though still life and portraits are in her repertoire
She has exhibited and sold her work at most local galleries and from the Mall Gallery, London . Her work can always be seen at the Wensley Gallery in Ramsbottom.