Fredericton artist Mary White returned to painting as a result of a workshop with Molly Lamb Bobak and Brigid Toole Grant at Sunbury Shores Art & Nature Centre in St. Andrews, in the summer of 1980. She continued her art studies at the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design, at Concordia University in Montreal, and in the clay studio at the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design.
In 1987 she received a Canada Council Exploration Grant to mount her first solo exhibition, as well as a grant from the Cultural Development Branch that enabled her to work and study at St. Michael's Print Shop in St. John's, Nfld. In 1993, she received a Creation Grant from the Arts Branch, and in 1994 a travel grant.
Her watercolours have been seen in solo and group exhibitions, including showings at the UNB Art Centre, le Centre Communautaire Ste. Anne, The Beaverbrook Art Gallery as part of the Marion McCain Juried Exhibition, and are included in the collections of the Provincial Art Bank and the University of New Brunswick. Mary White works in several media including prints, watercolour, oil and is a very well known potter. She maintains a studio in Fredericton.