Born Mary Pityn in Eatonia, Saskatchewan, Mary moved at an early age to Boyne Lake, Alberta. Growing up on a farm and being close to nature still reflect the subjects she chooses for her paintings today.
Mary moved to Edmonton in 1951, where she continued to pursue her interest in art, taking workshops and upgrading courses through the U of A with Iida Lubane, George Weber, Thor Dymetrick, Harry Savage, Jim Davies, Alfred Schmidt, Barb Hartman, Jerry Hieni and Dave Moore, with the Red Deer Collage at Territima Lodge.
Mary’s favourite medium is watercolour, but she also uses acrylics, oils and oil pastels. Her paintings are mostly realistic Alberta landscapes, wild life, farm animals and florals, usually done in bright colours.
Mary has been an active of the Federation of Canadian Artists, Studio 71 of Bon Accord, The
7 Arts Club, Arts and Crafts Society, and The Edmonton Art Club. She is the recipient of many Lillian Nunn Scholarships through the U of A and the Card-Alling Scholarship with the Edmonton Art Club. She received the Juror’s Choice award in 1998 with the ACACA in Red Deer College.
Mary is an Honourary Member of the Edmonton Art Club.