Mary grew up on a registered Hereford cattle farm in Michigan. Her dad believed in diversified farming, so there were orchards of apples, peaches, pears, plums, and cherries. There were also fields of alfalfa, corn, wheat, and oats. All these fields and orchards were great places to roam, observe nature, and learn to work for the good of the family. When Mary was almost thirteen years old, her dad and uncle divided the farm which had been in the family for over one hundred years. After selling his part of the land, her Dad reinvested in a large farm in Georgia. Half the Herefords were moved to a new land where they rarely saw any snow. It was a new place to observe knee deep coastal Bermuda, pine trees, a large lake, and pecan trees. While Mary was growing up, she had many wonderful teachers who recognized her abilities in drawing. They gave her opportunities to practice and succeed. She attended Asbury College (now Asbury University) in Kentucky and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Secondary Art Education. She chose Art Education so she could be that person to encourage other children who loved to draw and create. During her college years she was blessed to study in Europe for nine weeks during one summer. The group visited eleven countries. Mary says, “My journey to Europe brought all of the things I had learned in Art History to life. Now I recognized the awesome reality of the Sistine Chapel and Michelangelo, when referring back to Art History courses.” After a year of teaching in Maryland, Mary was married to Michael Waters and they moved to Newport News, Virginia, where she taught in Hampton. When Mike finished his last year in the Navy, they moved to Texas for him to complete his degree at Tarleton State College (now Tarleton State University. Mary taught for two years in Glen Rose (pre-nuclear plant) while he studied and did part time work. The next year their first daughter was born and they agreed for Mary to stay home and take care of their child and home. For eleven years Mary stayed home as two more daughters were born into their lives. During this time of nurturing their children, she did some art pieces and volunteer work. When the youngest child was in first grade, Mary went back to teaching art in public schools.
Mary says,“God has blessed me with the opportunities to learn and has put people in my life who have encouraged and taught me.” In 1985 Mike was hired to work in Rhome, Texas. He met a sculptor there and arranged for Mary to meet him. Barvo Walker was the artist, and she was given the opportunity to apprentice with him and learn the lost wax method of casting bronze. During this time "The Goddess of Liberty,” was taken down from the top of the Texas State Capitol and was taken to Barvo’s foundry where it was refurbished and molds were made by Washington University of Missouri. The Goddess was going to be cast the second time from recycled aluminum cans. It was so interesting to learn that the original sculpture was cast in the basement of the capital building by prisoners. Mary could see that the prisoners had signed their names on the inside of the skirt of the sculpture. Barvo kept encouraging Mary to create her own sculptures. She began sculpting her first piece, “Work’s About Done” in the next few weeks. She was so excited because the first sculpture was sold before it was cast. “I have been so blessed to have the first casting of each sculpture sold before casting.” Without the experience of apprenticeship she would not have been able to start creating her own sculptures. Each sculpture has a Scripture reference to help broaden the viewer’s experience. Every time her husband made a career move that required her to help with the income, God provided an art teaching position! She was blessed to work with many children in several different schools through the years. After twenty-four years of teaching art in public schools, she retired to travel with her husband and do her own art work. Most of her creations have sold by talking with individuals she has met. Tarleton State University has commissioned her to do several pieces in recognition of Tarleton supporters. She has also done commissions for a number of other people. Now she is ready to present her work on the web, in galleries, and in Art Shows.