Burgess is a resident of Lake Oswego, Oregon, where she lives with her husband and a flock of four chickens.
Mary Burgess studied art at the University of Oregon and The Ohio State University where she received a degree in Art Education. Her passion for watercolor began while teaching art at David Douglas High School. She has studied with Judy Morris, Ted Nuttal, Paul Jackson and other notable watercolor artists. Mary’s work may also be viewed at Rain Spark Gallery in Lake Oswego, Oregon. She is a member of the Watercolor Society of Oregon and Lake Area Artists and teaches adult watercolor classes at the Village Gallery of Arts, Portland, Oregon.