The second child of three, Mary grew up in a family of five in the small farming village of Corrales, New Mexico. Throughout her childhood and young adult life, she was encouraged to engage in the arts through classical dance, and painting classes. Mary continued to take art classes throughout her high school education, while also becoming more involved with science based extracurricular activities, and thus decided to attend the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology.

After graduating from high school, Mary attended the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology in pursuit of a mathematics degree. While attending New Mexico Tech, Mary continued to take the art classes that were offered, including more advanced ceramics classes than were offered to her in high school, and multiple glass classes. It was in the small art classes of New Mexico Tech where Mary realized the art field was where she belonged. Mary graduated with a general studies degree from New Mexico Tech, and transferred to the University of New Mexico to further her education in the field of Fine Arts.

Currently, Mary is focusing her time working in clay, and charcoal. However, other mediums she uses and incorporates in her work include stained glass and glass bead making, oil pastels, graphite, acrylic paint, metal arts, wood, and decoupage.