“Art is my passion; whether rendering my children in charcoal sketches or decorating my home, I strive to develop my artistic skills on a daily basis. I consider myself fortunate to be able to make a living through jewelry design and share my inspiration with my customers.”
Mary Kay Donnelly began her career as a self-taught and award winning jeweler in 1970. Through gallery exhibits, retail stores, and juried art shows her work has spread world-wide. Despite popular demand for her jewelry, Mary Kay has insisted on retaining exclusive control of her business to ensure the quality of her creations. All of her designs are available in 14k, 18k, and 22k gold, as well as sterling silver. Mary Kay insists on working with the highest quality metals and gemstones so that the integrity of her work is never compromised.
“My mom may approach her life in a manner that differs from the norm, but I’ve learned that therein lies her potential for the extraordinary. Her immense talent in the arts reflects her ability to see the world a bit differently: to see the physical property of speed in a piece of silver and carve out this feeling, to give a gold earring a sense of repose, and to make jewelry that really does feel good to wear.”
Mary Kay Donnelly’s family has been immersed in her work from the start. The tireless support of her parents enabled her initially to learn the craft and develop it fully. Her husband Robert designed her display and has continuously aided in her business endeavors. Mary Kay’s daughters, Katie and Kylie, have provided much of the motivation for her work and continue to serve as eager models for her newest designs. Mary Kay credits her family’s appreciation of her innate talent as the most rewarding facet of her career.
“My work has always reflected an appreciation for the intricacies of nature. The surrounding environment provides an endless source of inspiration; no one can argue that the beauty of a tree or flower is unrivaled. I hope that my designs can somehow translate the awe and sense of peace I feel when I look out the windows of my studio.”
Mary Kay feels fortunate to work out of her home in the Pocono mountains. She finds motivation from a region named as one of the 40 “Last Great Places” in the world, according to the Nature Conservancy. The Poconos encompasses 7 state parks, over 150 lakes, 170 miles of navigable rivers, and 25 miles of the Appalachian Trail. Mary Kay hopes to share her love of this self-deemed “paradise” with her customers through her nature designs.