Mary Elcano studied art at the Corcoran School of Art and Design. Mary focused on botanical art and illustration and received the Tiby Sharlin Award for superior artistic achievement from the Corcoran faculty. Her paintings have been in juried shows at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Brookside Botanical Gardens, the Eagle Hill Institute in Maine, and the Yellow Barn at Glen Echo. Her paintings are in the permanent White House collection and in numerous private collections. Ten of her watercolor paintings were featured in the White House 2011 Holiday Guidebook.
Mary comes to the art world after a prestigious legal career. She was both General Counsel/Corporate Secretary and acting President of the American Red Cross, a partner in Sidley Austin LLC, and General Counsel/Executive VP of the U.S. Postal Service.
For Mary, art is not a wide turn away from law. Art, like law, is a quest for truth. The legal creativity and problem solving processes are also found in artistic compositions and paintings. The contemplative quality she experiences as an artist are reflected in her watercolor and oil paintings.