As a psychologist, my work is often inspired by themes of struggle, personal growth, and transformation. I'm especially responsive to the life stories and works of women artists, poets, and writers. "Realigning the Cosmos," below, was inspired by poet Fatimah Asghar's "Pluto Shits on the Universe."

Mary Bast Fine Art

Until 2014 I painted representational art with oils. Since then, I've been experimenting with acrylics, abstracts, and mixed media.

I'm also an author, poet, memoirist, mentor to writers, and editor of Bacopa Literary Review

I've studied with Lissa Friedman and Linda Blondheim, and have been in workshops with Vicki Damon Johnson, Richard Lundgren, Annie Pais, Linda Pence, Jane Slivka, Sherry O'Neill, and Nika Zackharov.