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was born in Coral Gables, Florida, and has been making art as long as she can remember. She received her BFA in painting from New College, Sarasota, Florida. Her philosophy of art was shaped by studies with nationally known artists Leon Berkowitz and William Pacher. At the Appalachian Center for Crafts she studied silk painting with Mia Kodani.
In 1985 she was a fellow at the Ossabaw Island Foundation's Genesis Project for emerging artists. Mary fell in love with Ossabaw and continues to return to the Georgia Heritage Preserve every year to paint and be inspired by both the island and longtime friend and mentor, Eleanor Torrey West.
Nova Scotia, Canada, where she spent summers painting and collecting folk art, greatly influenced her art. Cameron blends the color, light, and images of the tropics with the boldness and patterning of quilts and naive art to achieve her rich and playful images.
"Cameron's flowers throb with the sap of life, dancing restlessly in jeweled pots, urns and bowls", says Allison Hersh of the Savannah Morning News. Her canvases are often embellished with buttons, beads, and other found objects, forming the decorative borders that have become a trademark of her work.
Her award winning artwork is found in corporate and private collections and is represented by galleries in the United States and Canada. Her collectors include sculptor Jack Dowd, the Honorable Barbara McDougall, Toronto, Canada, Aerosmith's Tom Hamilton, and Bob and Diane Roskamp of Sarasota.
When not in her studio, Mary can be found exploring gardens, beaches, farmers' markets, islands, and lighthouses.
"I would like my pieces to invite the viewer to pause and delight in the natural world around them."