Mary Jane was born in Salt Lake City, Utah in the beautiful community of Holladay nestled next to Mount Olympus. She would often go to be part of nature in the beautiful mountains where she found peace and aesthetic enlightenment. She excelled at art at an early age and graduated with a B.A. degree in art at Brigham Young University in Provo. In Provo she also found the beauty of nature she enjoyed growing up. She has made Provo her home for many years. Its peaceful environs and closeness to the mountains suits her well. She has also lived in San Diego California as well as Southern Texas. In these places she also experienced the beauty of the coasts and loved the colors, textures and varied light.
She is a plein air artist painting on site in all kinds of conditions to capture the spirit of place. Everywhere she goes she takes along her sketchbooks and supplies in compact sizes to make travel easier. She paints finding many interesting things to paint. But, she always feels that no place can quite compare to desert environments because of the clear air and perfect light. She hopes it will always stay that way.
She also creates light and vibrant colors in her still lifes and people, and finds watercolor her medium of choice most of the time, because of its spontaneous effervescence. It responds much the way she does to the beauties of the natural world. In her paintings you will find the quality of “spirit”. She views the things in the natural world as alive and growing, and wants that to come through in her luscious colors and vibrant light.
In recent years she has entered many art competitions and has won many awards for her work. Her work is found in galleries and many private and corporate collections. She continues to enjoy nature and is a prolific and motivated artist, always exploring and creating new ways of interpreting the world around her.