Mary is the owner of Saltwater Studio Art & Design in Newport, Rhode Island. She received her BFA in Graphic Design and Illustration from the University of Miami and has certificates in Museum Studies from Tufts University and Appraisal Studies in Art & Antiques from RISD/ American Society of Appraisers.
In 2011 she began exploring seaweed in her art practice and had her first solo museum show at the Newport Art Museum in 2014. The work continues to evolve through various mediums including cyanotype and eco printing often combining these processes.
Mary lives in Middletown, RI with her husband, son and sweet dog Addison!
Photo credit: Newport Life photographer Jessica Pohl
“My inspiration is driven by my relationship to the Ocean. To create, I use seaweed and other organic materials collected from the intertidal zones along the coast.
A key concept with my work is transformation. This involves a process of symbiotic layering, where the known and unknown intersect in dynamic ways to challenge thought patterns.
For most people, seaweed is a nuisance – something to avoid. My work presents a new awareness for consideration and offers new insights into the mysteries and beauty of the marine world.”