Mary’s devotion to light and color is evident in all of her paintings. While her work is influenced by the impressionist palette of the Cape School of Art, her work is less idealized and more contemporary by design. Mary’s plein-air paintings reflect her passion and devotion to capturing the exquisite drama of nature’s fleeting moods.
Mary has been returning to Provincetown to paint and study the cape light every spring since 1989. She has had numerous solo shows and exhibitions in Provincetown, Philadelphia and Vermont. Her work is in private collections and museums as well as all over Europe. Mary makes her home in Vermont where she lives with her husband, the sculptor John Cassin, their two dogs, Jimmy and Joe and their three cats, Betsy, Rusty and Seamus.
Mary studied fine art at Greenfield Community College in Massachusetts and continued her art studies with a scholarship at the University of Massachusetts. Being drawn to plein-air painting, Mary sought out the Cape School of Art in Provincetown on Cape Cod. She studied with Hilda Neily, John Ebersberger and Cedric and Joanette Egeli. Today, Mary carries on the tradition by teaching plein-air painting classes on the Cape, in Vermont and on trips to Italy.