Mary Polon was born in 1917 on the
Lower East Side of Manhattan.
Her parents were Polish immigrants who came to America seeking the American Dream. After a harrowing journey in steerage, they arrived on Ellis Island with thousands of European immigrants.
In the mid fifties, Mary became interested in painting. She and a few artistic friends hired Alexander Dobkin, a respected artist, to teach them in her house. They worked in the basement and her soul was soothed and ignited.
Her passion for painting was intense. She had discovered her calling and pursued her passion at The School of Visual Arts, The Art Student’s League and private classes with renowned artist Frank Kleinholtz. She was a prizewinner at The School of Visual Arts.
In the early sixties her personal style began to emerge and from that time forward she was totally committed to her painting.
She continued to paint until the late 1990’s and then her mind began to falter. She developed health issues and began