Mary H. Karam was born in Cleveland, Ohio, during her favorite time of year, Fall. The time when the leaves just blow in the wind, dancing about. Her imagination created her favorite playmates, sun-melted crayons who became “colorful aliens” to drawn creatures from fantasy worlds. Through the years, her education, travels and adventures inspired her imaginative mind further. Mary never stopped creating, in one form or another. In high school, she found passion at the Fine Arts Center with metalsmithing, proudly winning the Scholastic Art Awards and a Scholarship to Savannah School of Art and Design, SCAD. Unfortunately, in those years, SCAD did not offer any jewelry or business classes, her other passion. Instead, she entered Clemson University gaining a Bachelors in Business with a Minor in Marketing. All the while, Mary took advantage of any art classes and opportunities on campus to sell her work with tent and table in hand when she was not in school or waitressing over 30 hours a week.
Extensive work with the public in many areas of design includes art shows, sales to various retailer outlets, and commission pieces. Mary also finds satisfaction in promoting the arts through other areas, using her gifts to help stimulate the creative abilities of children and adults alike. She has taught and continues to for workshops, community, and non-profit organizations, feeling, “One learns more about the medium or technique when trying to instruct it to someone else.”
For five years, her adventurous nature drove her to open the first cyber cafe and coffeehouse in Banner Elk, North Carolina. Mona’ Starlight, named after her mother, became an artistically, fun attraction to the mountain area, quoted as ,”Bringing technology to the tourist town...”
Closing the Coffeehouse years later due to a family crisis, Mary dove into her creative side even more. She continues to design various product lines to sell to gift shops, always loving the challenge of making “just-the-right” item to attract visual interest. She uses her training in various media to expand her own artwork to other dimensions, making each coming moment an evolution to her style. Mary’s love of learning triggers her research towards the subject matter and allows for diversification, her spice of life.