Mary Sauer was born in Greenville, Kentucky in 1986. Her work has been exhibited throughout the United States including over a dozen shows in New York. Her education began with a BFA in Illustration from Brigham Young University in 2009. She continued forward at the Art Student’s League of New York and The Grand Central Academy of Art and finished her studies with a MFA from the University of Utah. She apprenticed with artist William Whitaker for two years. She served as an adjunct faculty member at Brigham Young University teaching life drawing, as well as at the University of Utah teaching painting and Drawing. She ended up at Utah Valley University where she teaches Painting the Human Head (portrait painting) class.
She received the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant for her traditional figure painting in 2014. In the same year she received the Director’s Award at the Springville Museum of Art’s annual Spring Salon. Sauer’s philosophy is to combine the nineteenth century techniques of painting with more modern conceptual ideas, especially regarding on the presentation of ourselves to the world psychologically. Her works are in the permanent collection at the Springville Museum of Art and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Church History Museum. She remains an active portrait painter and is represented in museums worldwide. She currently lives in Salt Lake, Utah with her husband.