Born in Grand Rapids, MI on May 11, 1887. Mary Ferris studied at the AIC and with John C. Johansen and Charles F. Brown. In 1912 she married physician Alfred Swan and then lived in Shanghai for 15 years. While her husband practiced medicine, she painted portraits and scenes of China. Political turmoil forced their return to the U.S. in 1930. Settling in Los Angeles, she became active in the local art scene. The latter part of her life was spent in the Mojave Desert in the small town of Pear Blossom. She died nearby in Palmdale on Oct. 3, 1974. As well as scenes of China she also painted landscapes of the Mojave, Yosemite, and High Sierra. Exh: LACMA, 1930s (solo); Friday Morning Club (LA), 1930s (solo); Women Painters of the West,
Source: Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
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