Mary Catherine Haneline graduated from Kent State University with a BFA in 1982 with a focus on figurative drawing and an M. Ed in Instructional Design at the University of Massachusetts. She taught art education in the public and private sector for 15 years and opened her studio in 2011 to concentrate on local landscape art and custom oil portraits. More recently she offers studio instruction and hand building ceramics.
Haneline always loved to draw. In middle school, she learned to draw barns in perspective. “I wanted to be an artist like Andrew Wyeth,” Haneline said. “In high school, I created my first self-portrait.” Haneline wanted to enter the medical field and studied biology in college. She soon realized her ability to draw what she saw made science easier to understand and her real talent is painting and drawing realism. She changed her college major to fine arts.