Mary is a professor, painter and a nurse. She experienced art, spirituality and healing first hand as she painted herself out of a severe depression. From what she learned in that experience, she became the co-founder and co-director of the Arts In Medicine process at University of Florida, Gainesville and founded their artist in residence process. She led and developed that process for over ten years.
She is currently Associate Professor of Nursing at University of Florida, College of Nursing where she teaches Creativity and Spirituality in Healthcare in the undergraduate and graduate college.
She is now doing research in creativity and spirituality at end of life with cancer patients. Her PhD theses at University of Florida was on the patient’s lived experience of art and healing. It was the first advanced degree in creativity and spirituality in the medical field.
She is an active member of the Spirituality and Healthcare Group at University of Florida where she researches creativity as a spiritual method.
She has written many articles on art and healing in nursing and medical journals and is a recognized leader in the field. She lectures and teaches workshops on art and healing worldwide and helps medical centers and artists set up art and healing process.
She works with Dr. Jean Watson of Watson Caring Science Institute, teaching nurses how to use art and healing with human caring. She is co-author with Michael Samuels, M.D. of Creative Healing, Spirit Body Healing, Path of the Feather and Shaman Wisdom, Shaman Healing, and Caritas Path to Peace.
She lives in Gainesville, Florida and has three children