Mary Rasmussen earned her BA degree from Iowa State University with a major in Applied Arts. Her art education continued by attending painting workshops with teachers trained by the Arts Student League in New York City. She has traveled through Europe painting with Bill Earle and the Southwestern US over a period of 8 years with Ted Goerschner. She also attended the Bill and Nancy Bush School in Fredericksburg, TX and studied with such artists as Kim English and Scott Christensen. Mary was accepted into three shows of the American Women Artists organization and won a scholarship to study with Scott Jennings in Wisconsin. She has exhibited in the Jackson Hole Alliance Show three times. Mary has attended four Richard Schmid demonstrations and retrospective shows. Mary won an Honorable-Mention prize at a Florida invitational art show that was judged by Schmid. In addition, she has studied at workshops in the studio of Jim Wilcox in Jackson Hole, WY. Mary has attended four Prix de West shows in Oklahoma City’s National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum to attend artist’s lectures and demonstrations. Mary was accepted into three shows of the Oil Painters of America and was invited to join the organization by their membership committee. Mary has traveled the Southwestern US with fellow Midland, TX impressionist Doris Spires, sometimes joined by Don Parks, and Charles Pruitt practicing their plein air skills over many years and was the honored artist of Midland’s 1995 Celebration of the Arts. Her art career has even included doing one of a kind hand-painted designer jackets. Mary also has produced original art for greeting card companies that was sold in the New York and Dallas markets. She raised her children in and lives in Midland, TX. This is the 34th year she has shown in the Haley Memorial Library in Midland.