About Mary Ann
I grew up in Chicago, Illinois. I earned an MFA from Northern Illinois University in drawing and painting. Afterwards, I became a high school art teacher. I taught in all areas of art to include; drawing, painting, printmaking, art history, cartooning and photography. This helped me gain a wealth of experience not only in teaching but also in each discipline of art.
Aside from my teaching abilities, I am also a professional artist. Many of my pastel drawings and paintings have brought me numerous rewards and purchases.
To enhance my artistic experience, in 2006 I joined the artist community of Madrid, New Mexico. I owned and operated the Mardi-Graz Gallery & School. The gallery was a huge success, but it was very hard to do my own painting and run a gallery. I had to decide which I wanted to do more!
I continued running my gallery for about 5 years and then because of health issues, returned to Illinois.
Since I returned, I have found a new venue for my visual experiences. I have whole new ideas and subjects for my drawings and paintings.
I always strive for perfection using current and unique techniques. Subject matter from my past experiences and present surroundings help me reach out beyond my horizons.
I have decided to write a book about my life and my art, soon to be published...