Born in Los Angeles to parents who had immigrated from Mexico and Switzerland, Mary Louise Tejeda Brown first studied art in high school with the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Carondelet, then commercial art at the Frank Wiggins Trade School in Los Angeles. She joined the Raymond Advertising Company in 1939, working as an artist and model.
During World War II, she was employed in the art department of North American Aviation where she did illustrations for service manuals for the P-51 Mustang fighter and the B-25 bomber. She met her husband Reynold Brown there, also an artist. During the evenings, they worked together on aircraft drawings for Flying Magazine.
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