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MO goes way, way back in San Antonio, TX.... as an 11th generation, direct descendant of one of the sixteen families from the Canary Islands that founded SA my great x 10 grandad, was the 2nd mayor of San Antonio,  where I was born and raised.

Born to Ginger and Jack, who were both artists... art is obviously in the bloodline; mixed with a heaping helping of Spanish feistiness from Ginger's side and Welsh craziness from dad's.  The late Jack Fletcher was a brilliant artist and his art was considered to be "before his time"  ...whatever that means.

Forever etched in my mind is the smell of oil paint and turpentine, mixed with the smoke of cherry pipe tobacco which followed him in and out of my life. Remembering the sound of jazz streaming through the air while he worked, fueled my desire to paint from a very early age. We would dance to "Hells Bells" by Amad Jamal and David Carroll's, BaliHi. The late Jack Fletcher was pretty darn good...and menacingly bad. 

Ginger was a fabulous fashion illustrator in SA while raising 3 girls alone after Jack was told to hit the road.  She is still amazing and active today and in her 90s!  Organizer and president emeritus of  Network Power/Texas, with the mission, “Women Helping Women to Succeed," Ginger, "the Firelighter" also authored a book and  can still spin a heck of a story...that will definitely light your fire!

Working for a few small ad agencies and dabbling  in freelance while growing a graphic design business I moved right to the top of the "success ladder" and landed a position with a local grocery chain drawing things like tomatoes, meat, and ice chests.  whoo hoo!!!  Although groceries were what I drew, the daily discipline of producing all that art was what I really appreciated.

After winning a few design awards in my freelance business I was "noticed" by the powers that be, up the food chain, and was promoted to art director of package design.  Soon though, I was fed up with corporate grocery.  After 7 years and with a portfolio stuffed full of healthy fruits and veggies I pushed away from the corporate table.  Stuffed full of photo shoots with pancakes and turkeys, all that art under my belt served up as eye candy to new oppotunites and with a big helping of package design tossed in MODstudio was born and we formed a small start-up.  MODstudio worked with some great local advertising agencies and businesses in San Antonio.  We grew into a downtown office and for 20 years Mary was, well, merry until Mary missed the paint brush.  Oh, I did paint here and there and never turned down a commission.

The timing to close-up shop was perfect because late in life Mary and Carl  were surprised and blessed with Matthew Raymond Owens who changed everything.  Expecting a child with Down Syndrome wasn't in the plan, but God's plan is better... not easy... but always better.

We moved to Wimberley, Texas in 2001 to raise our children in a small town; where at that time there was just one traffic light and an interesting mix of retired hippies and eclectic cowboys as part of the scenery along with lots of deer, beer, buzzards, cacti... and a huge Texas sky! 

The Owens Family loves living in small town USA.