Following a successful career of almost 20 years in the Architectural/Engineering consulting world Mary left corporate America to start her own company in 2000.
Before retiring to become a fulltime artist in 2010 Mary served as President of Davis Alliance Corporation a small management team specializing in services to the public infrastructure industry, business improvement districts, non-profits, professional service providers and those that serve those markets in Houston.
Through Davis Alliance Corporation, Mary served as Director of Capital Projects for the Upper Kirby Management District and Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone (TIRZ). She also worked with landscape architects Clark Condon Associates and M2L Associates providing construction management services for the renovation of more than 25 City of Houston Parks, totaling more than $18 million dollars in construction.
Through its Davis360 Division, Davis Alliance provided communications management, including website and e-mail services to non-profit clients such as, South Main Alliance, Houston’s Downtown Park Conservancy, the Houston Museum District and the Renaissance1960 Improvement Corporation. On a pro-bono basis Davis Alliance Corporation provided websites and communication services for the Renaissance 1960 Corporation, Cypress Creek Cultural District, The Cypress Creek Fine Arts Association (Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts), The PEACE Project and Help the Homeless.com
Pursuing the Passion:
In 2007, while still fulfilling the full-time duties of her business, she began to turn her attention to the art that she has always loved through taking art classes from many of Houston’s best known water-media artists. Her abstract style emerged in 2008 and she began to enter competitions. At the same time, the decision was made to vigorously pursue a career as an artist.
Seeing involvement in the art world as an open door she became President of the Watercolor Art Society-Houston (WAS-H) in 2009 where she served through May of 2010. In 2009 she was honored to be invited to join 10+ Artists, a 15+ year old Houston area critique group. In 2010 she joined Archway Gallery in Houston where she was not only a member but also served on the Board of Directors til early 2013.
Mary is married to Tom Davis. They have three grown children and four grandchildren and lived in Northwest Houston for 20+ years before retiring to Mobile, Alabama.