Iverson attended the Ringling School of Art in Sarasota, Florida from 1968 - 1971, then returned home to Paullina. Though she occasionally did some portrait work locally, she was kept busy raising her children and had to put her artistic plans on the back burner for several years.
Her father lived in Australia and was always singing praises about the country and its beautiful scenery. She went there to see for herself, and when her father died in 2000, she returned home and "for the first time in years picked up a paintbrush."
Mary has kept on painting oils, as you can see for yourself if you visit the East Gallery this month. Among Mary's inspirations are the natural beauty at the Cherokee County Martin's Access Area, other county parks, and local hunters.
The artistic gene runs in the family, too. Mary, who operates the White House Inn bed and breakfast in Paullina, said both of her daughters are artists, and her son is a ceramic engineer who designs things on the internet.