Born in Meaford, Ontario, Mary-Jo moved to Stratford, to work at the Stratford Festival. She has always had a fascination with the outdoors and was inspired as a young child on family car trips to the East Coast, doodling the rocks and trees she saw along the way. A passion for theatre as a teenager led her to Ryerson Polytechnical Institute. In her 45 years in the business, she has been Head of Wardrobe for several Toronto Theatre companies, before coming to the Stratford Festival to work in the Design office. She has always been creative, but wanting to create more with her hands, she started sculpting with wire. Being inspired by nature, Mary-Jo started sculpting wire trees. She was fortunate to be able to sell her sculptures at the Art Gallery of Ontario during the Ansel Adams photography exhibit and the Mystical Landscapes exhibit. Her work has been seen in Galleries and stores across Canada. The last couple of years having time to put all her attention to her art, has inspired her to create new work. Within the last year cardinals, robins, chickadees and goldfinches have also been made out of wire. Mary-Jo is looking forward to having the time to be inspired and see what else she can create out of wire.

Mary-Jo started out by creating wire sculptured trees. Something was missing, she wanted to create what she saw around her. Everything around us is three dimensional which meant trying to come up with an idea that emulated that.

After some experimenting, Mary-Jo came up with three-dimensional photography. Using plastic, wood, wire, acrylic paint and acrylic medium, she enhances photos printed on canvas. Recently she has been experimenting with photos printed on tissue paper.

Mary-Jo lives in Stratford and enjoys traveling with her husband and getting inspiration for her art.