Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Spotlight Tuesday

Welcome to today's Spotlight Tuesday everyone so glad you popped by. Today's featured artist comes to us from a beautiful desert place where dreams come to life in a little southwest atelier.

There you will find whimsical beings calling out from behind little windows


Things with wings swooping with gaiety



Anthologies of quotes, vintage papers, substrates and found objects just waiting to be cleverly gathered and created into something magnificent!!

Oh, and the colors that promulgate from her Desert Dream Studio!! 
 Can you just


If you haven't figured out by now who today's artist is, let me introduce you.
Please welcome the VERY Talented

Mary Jane makes her home in Las Vegas Nevada and is primarily a self taught mixed media artist with a primary focus in collage.
One of my very favorite pieces "The Abundant Heart" featured below, is a piece Mary Jane created for  St Judes Children Research Hospital and was auctioned off at the 2012 Las Vegas Honors St Jude Gala Affair of the Art. Mary Jane loves creating art to help her community raise funds for deserving charities.

Being a retired Trauma/Critical Care RN  it's not hard to see why this piece stands out to me!! 
Brilliant MJ, Simply Brilliant!!

While Mary Jane's wonderful work has been displayed in galleries in Las Vegas and Utah her true passion is in the teaching of art. She has been a faculty member /instructor over at Artful Gathering a WONDERFUL Online Retreat  for several years and I can tell you first hand her passion for teaching speaks for itself.

It was through one of  her classes I came to be friends with Mary Jane. (I had already been a follower of hers for some time on Facebook through swaps and such) She is such an amazing and supportive person who totally lives what she writes,  " artists are a tightly knit group of individuals who share a strong common bond... we share our ideas, help and support each other in our endeavors to express ourselves. I find this one of the greatest parts of being an artist."   She is always willing to share a helpful hint or idea as she cheers you on and ALWAYS has a kind word! If you have never taken a class from Mary Jane I HIGHLY recommend it!

Speaking of classes, she is busy in the studio as I write preparing for her upcoming class this summer over at Artful Gathering.


I am OVER THE MOON EXCITED for this class!! It is going to be AMAZING!!!!
To find out more on how you can participate click on the link here and check it out!!

                         You can find  DVDs to her other amazing classes there as well.

Honestly though friends, apart from the classes, MJ is amazing and I am SO blessed to know her and call her my friend. She has been a beautiful source of support for me through my artful endeavors. I look forward to one day being able to meet her in person but for now we art on as soul sisters in the web world and I invite you to join us. If you get a chance pop in on her facebook page and tell her hello.
To read more about Mary Jane and to see more of her most AMAZING and Inspiring Art click on the provided links!


Well, thanks for joining me everyone. Until next time, have a beautiful artful week!!


  1. Hi Mel, This is anonymous me, Marie Garot, just stopping by to enjoy your blog once again. It puts a smile on my face which is much needed in this dreary weather today again. It just snowed for 15 minutes. Good article on Mary said it all. She is wonderful, talented, dedicated and I could go on and on. I hope people who see your blog will consider taking her tinytopia class. You will not be disappointed. I only took one so far and it was fantastic. See ya again soon.

  2. I am so deeply touched and humbled by your very touching post, Melodee! I thank you from the bottom of my heart for such a beautiful post and am so very grateful that you and I are not only "soul artists", but also very good friends!