Mary Tartaro hails from New York and holds a BFA in Drawing and Painting from the State University of NY and an MFA in Sculpture (Spatial Arts) from San Jose State University. She has taught at the university level for over 15 years and has conducted numerous workshops in various media. She has years of experience as an art teacher, gallery director, art therapist, and art administrator at the university level. Mary resides in Ben Lomond, CA, where she relocated from Blacksburg, VA after working for many years at Virginia Tech.