Mary was a Visual Arts teacher in Sydney Catholic Senior Colleges for over 25 years. She specialised in drawing, oil and acrylic painting, relief printing, etching and screen printing. At the end of the 1990s she became increasingly interested in textile art which led her to England in 2000-2001 to do the Certificated Course at the Royal School of Needlework at Hampton Court Palace.
In her own creative practice today, Mary works across many fields of embroidery, but on graduating from the RSN, she was so enamoured with metal thread embroidery that she returned to the UK and Europe for another long stint to research this field of embroidery. Her book on Goldwork Embroidery was published in 2007.
Mary is currently an accredited tutor and judge for the Embroiderers’ Guild of N.S.W. Inc and has been a sessional lecturer in the Fashion & Textile Department at the University of Technology, Sydney since 2007.
As well as designing and making, teaching and researching are part of Mary’s practice. In recent years the design practice of artistic directors of embroidery ateliers that serve fashion, and the use of new technologies in the embellishment of fashion has been the focus of her research.