Born in Hungary, Mary came to Canada with her family after the Russian take-over of that country. The family settled in the Beach area of Toronto after her father joined the CBC, and she has lived in this area ever since. A graduate of The Ontario College of Art & Design, Mary’s lifetime career as an artist has taken many forms. She has worked as a designer/illustrator for Canadian book publishers, as an art director for Children’s books, and as part-time teacher of fine art & design. Mary describes her work in this way:
"I identify strongly with the Impressionist movement and their concept of 'realism' as a response to the 'real' world. I can see what kind of world Europe would have been before the war. They painted directly from nature and no theme was considered insignificant. My work is a direct response to the subject in both painting and design. I am motivated by new challenges and difficult tasks."
On March 3, 2008, Mary was honoured with the Emeritus Member Designation from the Ontario College of Art & Design Alumni Association; in recognition of long term dedicated service to the Alumni Association and to OCAD.