Mary Lou finds creative inspiration from her ever-changing flower garden, scenes of Mackinac Island and the natural landscapes of northern Michigan. She prefers to paint en plein air whenever she can, but living in northern Michigan presents a set of circumstances making that impractical for at least half the year. At those times she paints in her tiny studio using photos while dreaming of the beautiful warm days ahead when she can again take to the outdoors. Mary Lou strives to capture the fun nature of the north country by taking a whimsical approach to common themes in her watercolors. She hopes her paintings leave viewers feeling happy and wishing they were in the places she has painted.