About the artist Mary Bryson Mary K. Bryson was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. She started her formal art training in college where she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Washington University in St. Louis, MO. She moved to Chicago, IL to attend The University of Illinois at Chicago where she studied medical illustration and received a Masters of Associated Medical Science. For her Master’s thesis, she designed and produced a computer game “Hysterical Histology” which helped medical students to learn histology in a gaming environment. Upon graduating in 1990, she opened her own medical illustration studio and has since produced award winning illustrations for pharmaceutical companies, medical journals and advertising agencies worldwide. Mary’s landscape paintings emerged in 1998 when she realized she had not painted with the color green in 8 years. (Medical illustration does not use any green unless one is painting the gall bladder.) This yearning led her, literally, to greener pastures, where she paints in oils with her father, Charley Kelso. Mary’s passion for gardening and flowers brought her to her current focus of floral painting. Capturing the color nuances, the delicacy of flowers, and the inner light of flowers provides endless challenges. When Mary is not creating art, she is playing her harp, or growing her floral subjects in her beloved gardens.