A native of Traverse City, Mary E. Andersen has resided and maintained a fine arts studio in Grand Rapids since 1991. Her studies in art began at Northwestern Michigan College under the tutelage of Paul Welch and continued at John Wesley College, Lansing Community College, and Ferris/Kendall College of Art and Design. At the same time, she considers herself as largely self-taught. Her artistic vision for landscape painting was fostered while spending many summers working on her uncle's cherry farm on Old Mission Peninsula. The artist's original paintings and drawings have been steadily acquired for private and public collections for over 40 years. In 2014, she was one of two artists interviewed for the series "After Water" that aired on NPR Morning Edition.
"Over many years, my artistic vision has crystallized into a passion to paint the great natural features of my beloved state of Michigan, so resplendent with beauty found in God's creation. I feel that I have succeeded when the viewer has been challenged to see beyond the literal to experience a quiet place of rest and repose."