Mary Shea is an accomplished painter and printmaker. Her training in art includes an MFA in drawing from the University of Cincinnati, a BFA in painting and sculpture from the Art Academy of Cincinnati, and study at the New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture and the Yale Summer School of Music and Art. Mary often combines her love of drawing with her response to color by working with pastels, allowing her to draw and paint at the same time. She enjoys mixing media, is more drawn to paper than canvas, and like many artists she admires, tends toward the intimate in both subject matter and scale.
Her teaching experience spans twenty years, and includes teaching university undergraduate and graduate students as well as numerous community education classes and workshops. She exhibits often, and her work is in public and private collections throughout the U.S.