Mary Beach was born in California to a family of artists and writers. She earned her B.F.A. from the University of Colorado and later studied with Millard Sheets and Rex Brandt. A series of collages resulted from discovering her father’s French World War I magazines. Here she found a new visual expression and an outlet for her lively wit, as well. Her variation and versatility express her free and experimental approach to art from watercolors to collage and graphics. She has been a member of the Carmel Art Association since 1969, and has served on the Board of Directors.