Born in San Bernardino and raised on the Palos Verdes Peninsula, Mary-Austin found inspiration in the California landscape at an early age. The Otis Art Institute took her inland to Los Angeles where she and her husband are 26-year residents of the Echo Park district in Los Angeles (their homes for the last 22 years have bordered on Elysian Park land)
In 2001, after purchasing a 1950's era desert homestead cabin in Twentynine Palms, CA., Klein returned to painting landscape. From the first show she has developed a following of art collectors who appreciate her detailed realism documenting natural landforms. Country-Alt band I See Hawks in L.A. feature a song Mary-Austin Sky on their 2012 CD, A New Kind of Lonely. Her paintings are exquisite, small-scaled gems that capture unique regional light conditions. She takes numerous trips to Europe and remote desert regions in the United States throughout the year to gather new material for her work. Mary-Austin Klein has exhibited her work in Los Angeles, Laguna Beach, Santa Barbara, Bakersfield, and Joshua Tree. She is featured in artist Kim Stringfellow's book Jackrabbit Homestead, and The Guide to the Wild Mojave publication sponsored by the California Wilderness Coalition for her artwork and her advocacy efforts.