Our beloved Mary Hamilton, Master Artist, who worked at Hallmark for 60 years, passed away Friday evening.
Mary retired from Hallmark in 2015 after a long and distinguished career. Over the years, her soft and distinctive watercolors graced thousands of card designs and have been a constant a source of inspiration for a variety of Hallmark products, including gifts and ornaments.
Her artistry was often described as spontaneous, effortless and organic. She had a unique ability to bring extraordinary innocence and sweetness to life through her illustrations.
While Mary had an avid following and often received fan mail from consumers who adored her work, her biggest fans were those of us at Hallmark who were lucky enough to work with her. She would quietly but confidently share her wisdom and perspective with so many of us. And while she would often talk about her charming bears, angels and other illustrations, the depth of her conversations went far beyond technique to include things like emotion, human connection and the importance of storytelling.
Reflecting on her legacy today, it’s clear that she was more than a successful and prolific artist. Her quiet, humble character combined with her generous and caring spirit won her love and respect from all who knew her.
Mary embodied the purpose of Hallmark’s creative community. She was a storyteller, maker, inventor and explorer. And perhaps even more important, she was an ever-present teacher, mentor and a friend to many across the company.
In so many ways, Mary made our days more beautiful. We will miss her.