Mary Garrish was born in Miami Beach, Florida in 1955 and served as the President of the American Impressionist Society from 2005-2007. Her major interest is in plein air landscapes and other representational art. She is a member of the Salmagundi Club of New York City.
When asked about leaving a career in surgery for full time painting, Mary replies "I was pulled to art, not pushed from medicine." Mary has devoted intense study to both her studio and regular workshop participation with many of the great landscape artists of this era.