"There is a feeling in the work of Mary Frances Foster that is hard to pin down. It’s authentically rural, but doesn’t resort to tired Southern clichés. It’s elegant, but also unapologetically powerful. It’s subtly epic, but intensely personal at the same time. She chooses words with an upright honesty that communicates meaning far beyond their literal interpretation, and there are just enough unexpected elements in the layouts to keep you guessing. She has an aesthetic that feels all her own. In fact, the only thing I can accurately compare it to is listening to someone like Neko Case or Gillian Welch."
—Brad Surcey; designworklife, 2012
"Mary’s inspirational work features a whimsical sophistication and incisive intellect intertwined with heartfelt emotion. Her sensitivity to the rhythmic use of sentimental found items, thoughtful typography and original illustration creates beautifully lyrical layouts. Process and passion permeates her colorful decisions, whether it be in photography, writing, illustration, design or collecting."
"Foster’s work is fresh because she leaves questions to be answered and mysteries to be solved. Her work leans to the poetic, it’s beauty pulled from her intense love of photography and found objects. In the hands of Mary Frances, disparate objects find a way to work together not just in visual terms but in a deeper, storytelling way."
– John Foster, Accidental Mysteries