Mary is a food stylist, visual artist and lecturer. With over 20 years experience, Mary offers a holistic view on both food and food imagery. Classically trained as a chef, artist and educator, Mary believes that good food is beautiful in its simplest form. Food incites a reaction which connects us to our senses and emotions. She is committed to encouraging a deep, wholehearted appreciation of food by presenting it from a unique point of view, allowing its story to be told. Mary brings her work to Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Miami as well as internationally.

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BFA, School of the Art Institute, Chicago

BPC, Kendall College, Chicago

IACP WINNER 2018 People's Choice in Food Photography/Styling

Adjunct Instructor, Kendall College, Chicago

Speaker, Food Photo Festival, 2015 and 2017

Artist Residence, Ragdale Foundation 2017



American Egg Board


Chicago Magazine

Fleischmann’s yeast

Food Network

Hellman's Mayonnaise


Jello Brand 


Leo Burnett

National Restaurant Association

Potbelly Sandwich Shop

American Airlines

Park Walk Productions

National Cattleman’s Beef Association

National Pork Board

Panera Bread

Patron Tequila

Pre Brands Grass Fed Beef

Sam’s club

Sargento Cheese

Scharffen Berger Chocolate

Sea Pac




US Foods

Vegetarian Times

Chicago Tribune Company 





  • Panel host with Victoria Granoff and Charlotte Omnes: "The Changing Role of the Food Stylist"

Upshot Marketing

  • Food styling trends

Leo Burnett, Chicago:

  • Trends in Food Photography, 2016

Food Photo Festival, Denmark:

  • How a Photography Trend Lives, and Dies in America, 2016

  • Food Styling in a Restaurant Setting

  • The Changing Role of the Food Stylist

  • Styling Four, Dough and Bread

IACP, San Francisco:

  • How the Eye Reads an Image, Examples of Food in Art History 2014





Photo Art Direction

"Indian for Everyone," Anupy Singla



US Foods

Queue Marketing

Leo Burnett, Chicago

Pre Brands