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Artist Bio

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A graduate of Purdue University with a bachelor of science in home economics education, Mary Jane’s passions were textiles, color, pattern, and design.  She began her art career at the Indianapolis Art Center and Sievers School of Fiber Arts on Washington Island in Wisconsin.  As a fiber artist her passions were batik and rozome (a Japanese wax resist technique on silk) as well as quilting.  Her materials were dye, wax, thread and natural fibers.   About 15 years ago she  began to paint in watercolor. Transparent dyes and watercolor work in a very similar way when applied to fabric or paper.

Mary Jane has traveled extensively both in the U.S. and abroad, taking many workshops with well-known watercolor artists to advance her skills.   These include: Susanna Winton, Joseph Fettingis, Paul George, Rodney Reveal, Judi Betts, Anne Abgott, Mary Whyte, Gerald Brommer, Chen-Kee-Ching, John Salminen, Cheryl Fausel, Karlyn Holman, Susan Webb Tregay, Alexis Levine, Dale Popovich, Kathleen Giles, Paul Jackson, Matthew Bird, Angus McEwan, Ken Call, Iain Stewart, Carrie Waller, Karen Knutsen, and Michael Holter.

Her memberships include  the Hamilton County Artists  Association, Between Paper and Palette,  Watercolor Society of Indiana,  and the Northwest Watercolor Society.  Her work has been shown in several exhibitions in Indiana, Kentucky, Florida, Wisconsin and California.

Artist Statement

Childhood memories, playing with the buttons in my mother’s button box, arranging and rearranging the buttons into patterns on the rug, a new box of 64 crayons, all those bright, vivid colors to explore….

All these experiences evolved into my love of pattern and design, color gradation, layering, transparency,  and texture.

For several years I worked with fiber-reactive dyes in batik.  Now my medium is watercolor.  The layering and transparency I could achieve with the dyes translates well into watercolor, so it was a natural transition.

I work to interpret my world through my mind, my heart, and my paint and brushes.  If my pieces bring pleasure to the viewer, I am grateful.


September 2023

Hamilton County Artists Association Annual Show

Carmel Clay Public Library, Carmel, IN

September 2023

Fishers Arts Council Juried Show

Fishers, IN

August-September 2023

Watercolor Society of Indiana Annual Juried Show

IMA at Newfields, Indianapolis, IN

July 2023

Hamilton County Artists Association Show

Fishers Arts Council, Fishers, IN

May-June 2023

Watercolor Society of Indiana Membership Exhibit

2nd Presbyterian Church, Indianapolis, IN

March 2023

Minnetrista Annual Juried Show

Minnetrista Cultural Center, Muncie, IN

January-February 2023

Watercolor Society of Indiana Regional Show

Main Library, Fort Wayne, IN

October 2022

Fishers Arts Council

Fishers, IN

September 2022

Between Paper and Palette

Broad Ripple Hotel, Indianapolis, IN

June 2022

Color Visions 2022, WSI Art Auction and Sale

Saks 5th Ave. Gallery, Indianapolis, IN

May-June 2022

WSI Show

Whitewater Valley Arts Association, Connersville, IN

May-June 2022

WSI Membership Show

2nd Presbyterian Church, Indianapolis, IN

November 2021

WSI Show

Fishers Arts Council, Fisher City Hall, Fisher, IN

October 2021

Between Paper and Palette

Frankfort Library, Frankfort, IN

August 2021

Indiana Arts

Indiana State Fair, Indianapolis, IN

July 2021

Hamilton County Artists Association Exhibition, Fishers Art Council

Fishers City Hall, Fisher, IN

June 2021

Will Vawter Juried Art Exhibition & Sale

Hancock County Arts, Greenfield, IN

May-June 2021

WSI Membership Show

2nd Presbyterian Church, Indianapolis, IN

May-June 2021

The Healing Power of Art

Nickel Plate Arts, Noblesville, IN

March 2021

Award of Merit

Minnetrista’s Annual Juried Art Show & Sale, Muncie, IN

October 2020

Allen & Carole Lakoff Brady Purchase Award, 122nd Annual Juried Exhibition

Richmond Art Museum, Richmond, IN

May-June 2020

WSI Membership Show

2nd Presbyterian Church, Indianapolis, IN

August-September 2019

Watercolor Society of Indiana Annual Juried Exhibit

IMA at Newfields, Indianapolis, IN

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