Designer, artist and teacher, Mary Farmilant is a lover of history, the keeper of memories and a finder of lost objects.  In a former life, she studied nursing in England, and was a neurosurgery nurse for many years. Her artistic talents started at a young age and blossomed while pursuing a photography degree at Columbia College Chicago.

The mother of four, it took her seventeen years to finish her undergrad degree, but only three for her masters.  She teaches photography, mentors young artists, and is a founding member of the Stella Photo Collective. 

Mary’s career took many twists and turns that included working at the Quaker Oats Company, Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom, The Royal Sussex County Hospital, Columbus Hospital and Columbia College Chicago.  These fine places introduced her to new people and big ideas that helped shape the person she is today. She is grateful for the opportunities she has had in all her careers.

Mary’s work is not limited to photography and design; she is passionate about giving back to the community and is a master at silent auctions, fundraising and keeping neurosurgeons on task. 

She divides her time between capturing images in the wild and taming them in Photoshop.  She can be found with her camera photographing people, places and things, or in her studio creating new and unique designs.

Her photography work can be viewed at