Mary Erickson grew up sketching the beaches of Long Island Sound in Connecticut and has always been able to find beauty in her surroundings, whether along a southern shore or in the Rocky Mountains of Montana. She sold her first painting, at the age of 13, to Gulf+Western Industries in Connecticut where she was raised.Mary Erickson studied at the University of Bridgeport and Sacred Heart University, and initially pursued a career in business. In 1993, Mary began painting professionally, and maintains studios in Venice, Fl. and Marshville, N.C.She is a founding member and current board member of the American Tonalist Society. Memberships also include The Society of Animal Artists, The Artists for Conservation and The American Society of Marine Artists.A life-long conservationist, Erickson’s 39 acre property (High Ridge Gardens) in North Carolina is listed on the NC Birding Trail, and is slated to be left as an artists’ retreat and bird sanctuary.