About the artist...
M.J. studied drawing, painting, printmaking, photography and design at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, and received her art degree (majoring in graphic design) in 1981. After more than a decade of challenging work as a graphic designer, she changed her focus to fine art and illustration.
She is inspired by the landscapes, sunsets, town scenes and wildlife of northern Michigan. Her art is created with with transparent watercolors, oil or acrylic paint, pen and ink, graphite, silver point and even digital painting. Her color palette and subjects vary greatly and her style ranges from loose and whimsical to stunningly realistic.
In between painting and working on pet portrait commissions, M.J. is illustrating the final pages for a children’s book called “Pinky and the Green Bean Can Do Club.”
Mary Jill's paintings and custom portraits are in collections in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Australia. Her studio is located in northern Michigan, near Little Traverse Bay on Lake Michigan.