Mary H. Rasmussen was born and raised in Des Moines, Iowa. She graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in Applied Arts. Since moving to Midland, Texas, she has had extensive training in art. Mary studied with William Earle, a graduate of the Art Student League, for 16 years. Mary is dedicated to the "Plein air' method whether she is painting on location or in front of still life.
In her paintings, Mary places the emphasis on composition, color and value, and light effect. She has traveled through the United States, Germany, and Switzerland, and has a love for the southwest.