Mary Lou Cost was born in Shillington, PA and attended Kutztown State Teachers College where she earned a BS degree in Art Education. She has taught adult painting classes and conducted workshops.
Living in various locales such as St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands and several cities throughout the South, southern life is reflected in the eclectic subject matters of her paintings.
Recently the artist has been accepted to show in several international miniature art shows winning many awards along the way. She has also exhibited in invitational juried and one-woman shows. Her paintings are represented in public and private collections throughout the South, as well as in many corporate exhibits.