was born in Northwestern Ontario, spending her first four years in
Pigeon River, the border crossing between Canada and the United States.
Then the family moved to Dorion and began farming and
logging. At the age of twelve Mary was sent to Port Arthur to
attend Port Arthur Collegiate.
experiences as a farm girl, where she lived alone with her parents,
farm animals, wolves, coyotes and two dogs; developed within her introspection,
need for silence, and respect for nature.
hours were spent at her mother's knee learning to crochet, knit,
embroider, tat, and bead. These activities developed hand-eye
co-ordination which later benefited her career in the dental field
and as a quilling artist.
struggling with the physical pain and prognosis of Spinal Stenosis
she immersed herself in her art, often working 12 hours without
rest. With only one choice in sight she miraculously was
offered some options. With non invasive, alternate (but very
old) drug free opportunities she stopped her pain and began to
control her disease. Mary has regained her independence, her
sense of humour, and her passion for history. She constantly seeks
new challenges in her chosen art.
has restored the lost art of quilling to 21st century. She
creates wearable and three dimensional designs. Her present
challenge is to teach and share this art form so it will not