As a child Mary was never without a pencil or crayon and paper to draw on.
A California native, Mary grew up in the Pasadena area and now resides with her husband Pat in Banning, California. After her high school graduation, she married and raised two children. Although she enrolled in the Famous Artist Course studying commercial art, the demands of raising a family prevented her from continuing and she put aside her dreams of becoming an artist.
Her dreams finally came true following her retirement from the real estate business in the early 1980s when she enrolled in the Laguna Beach School of Art, Laguna Beach California. With a good start in the fundamentals she went on to study with Scott Moore, Linda Moyer, and Robert E. Wood.
Mary was always in love with watercolor. "It was watercolor from the start." Her work represents her personal way of seeing, point of view, interpretation and unique expression. "I find inspiration in everything that surrounds me. I strive to give the viewer a heightened awareness, to stimulate the richness of their surroundings, People often miss the beauty around them, I like to help them see it more fully through my paintings."
Mary Backer's awards and honors are many; her work is included in museum, corporate and private collections and she has been published in leading art publications including her recent book "Watercolor in Bloom" published by North Light Books.
She is a signature member of the National Watercolor Society, Watercolor West and an Artist member of the California Art Club.