In 1951 Mac, Andy and their three children moved to Wilton, Connecticut, and since the advertising business was doing well, Mac was soon able to abandon fashion drawing and turn to what she called interpretative painting.  She began by studying with landscape watercolorist and teacher Herb Olsen (1905-1973), seen to her right in the first image below, and soon became a consummate watercolorist in her own right.  The brushwork skills she had mastered in fashion illustration gave her immediate control over the difficult medium of watercolor.  Her subjects were the Connecticut woods, the barns and sheds that came with the 18th-century farmhouse they purchased, and the dunes and ponds of Block Island, where the family started vacationing in the mid-1950s.
 
Mac was a member of the American Watercolor Society, the Connecticut Watercolor Society, and the Silvermine Guild of Artists, and the New Haven Paint and Club, exhibited widely in group shows, won prizes, and sold many works in this medium. Although she soon began to work with other media, she never entirely stopped doing watercolors, and often made quick watercolor sketches on site out-of-doors.

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