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About Mary K. Bryson:
Mary Bryson is a highly specialized and effective storyteller. Her stories include breakthrough scientific discoveries, novel mechanisms of action and educating juries about medical cases, but she tells these stories in pictures that captivate and inform broad audiences worldwide.
Born and raised in Atlanta, GA, Mary Bryson’s adventure in medical illustration began when her high school biology teacher praised her drawings of dissected pig anatomy. She plotted a course through college that would lead her to one of the 5 graduate programs in medical illustration. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in graphic design from Washington University in St. Louis, a university known for its strong arts program and challenging pre-medical science courses. Bryson attended graduate school at the University of Illinois at Chicago where she earned a Master of Associated Medical Science degree in 1990. Upon graduating Bryson opened her own medical illustration studio, Bryson Biomedical Illustrations, Inc. and, for the past 19 years, has collaborated with scientists, physicians, and other specialists, to transform complex information into visual images that have the potential to communicate to broad audiences. Bryson’s illustrations promote education, research, patient care, public relations, and marketing efforts.
Her illustrations are featured on the award-winning web site breastcancer.org and have helped countless breast cancer patients and families. As one patient commented “the pictures on this site are better than any others I’ve seen during my search for information on my disease. They have really helped me understand what’s going on in my body and I feel I have the knowledge to fight and win my battle with breast cancer. Thank you”.
She has illustrated 11 books that range from the children’s book Gross Anatomy, An Off- Color Coloring Book, to highly acclaimed Anesthesia and Orthopaedic Surgery. Her pharmaceutical clients include Bristol Myers-Squibb, Pfizer, Wyeth Ayrst, Sanofi Aventis, Otsuka International and Johnson and Johnson. Bryson has also created demonstrative evidence for medical legal cases that has proved indispensable in explaining complex medical information to a lay jury.
Since 2003, she has provided body painting for Teleflex Medical at national and international medical conventions. Bryson paints a live model to show muscles, nerves, bones and other anatomy the physicians encounter while using Teleflex products. In October 2009, Gunther van Haggen’s Body Worlds II commissioned Bryson to paint a live model for the opening of the Philadelphia, PA exhibit.
In addition to her medical illustration career, Bryson has been an adjunct professor at the University of Delaware where she taught scientific drawing. She also paints still life in oil on canvas and is a professional harpist.