Mary Jane Grow has been doing plein air painting before it was popular. She is accomplished in mainly watercolor but also does pastel and oil painting. She likes to also work in mixed media using watercolor and pastels in a unique way.
She has a BA in Fine Art from Brigham Young University and has taught art privately and in the public schools including being an adjunct instructor at Utah Valley University. She is a native of Utah and enjoys traveling. Right now she is in the bay area for an extensive time doing service for her church and taking weekly art workshops from Camille Przewodek.
She loves participating in plein air contests. She has participated at the Thunder Mountain Plein Air event in Huntsville UT in 2007 winning first place for watercolor, She participates at the annual Thanksgiving Point Gardens plein air event and won a purchase award in 2010. Also she has been accepted and won an award at the Spring City Plein Air event in 2015. In 2016 she won first place for her watercolor of the Provo River in the Wasatch Plein Air Paradise event in Midway, UT.
Painting from nature is how she shows her love of being part of the world and all its diversity. Watercolors are her favorite because they travel easily and express her impressions spontaneously. She loves to capture the light on her subjects and retain the freshness of the moment. She paints in a loose flowing manner using the biggest brush possible for her watercolors and also uses the palette knife skillfully when painting with oils. Her vibrant color and great sense of composition are admired by many as evidenced by her selling her art successfully at studio tours and galleries in her home state of Utah.
She would like to branch out now and show in the lovely bay area she has fallen in love with. She is presently studying the variety of sights from city to country and ocean to mountains while residing here.
Mary has also done commissions to paint children, buildings, and scenes of several National Parks including Grand Canyon. She is a member of the Utah Watercolor Society, Southern Utah Artist Guild and St George Utah Watercolor Society. She has done workshops for those groups.