Born in Ponca City, Oklahoma, Mary Shindell moved to Arizona when she was five years old. Shindell received a BFA in painting from Northern Arizona University and an MFA in drawing from Arizona State University. Shindell is a teaching artist, having taught drawing to students of all agesin Nebraska as well as Arizona. The art of Mary Shindell is drawing based and includes limited-edition printmaking, small and large-scale drawings, installation, and public art.