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Mary Jane Volkmann

Gainesville FL

Signature Member

©2015 Mary Jane Volkmann
©2015 Mary Jane Volkmann
©2014 Mary Jane Volkmann

True Florida at Winter Park

Bird Island

Marsh in Autumn

Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Mary Jane Volkmann studied art education at university before traveling in 1974 to southern Africa where she remained to live and work for 28 years. Her artistic career has included commissions as varied as art workshops, portraits of an African king, coin designs, seven issues of postage stamps (three of which have won world awards), book illustrations, greeting card designs, murals and paintings for private collectors. A commissioned book, “Glimpses of Namibian Life: A Moment in Time” consisting of 30 of her paintings depicting life in Namibia among the native peoples of the country and authored by her was published in 1997. Active in the community, Mary Jane co-founded an educational and charitable trust in northern Namibia with a regional center for the development and marketing of Namibian arts. She has continued painting and teaching art workshops after relocating with her family to Gainesville, Florida, in 2002. A signature member of Plein Air Florida, she takes part in selected plein air events, and in 2006 was selected as Artist in Residence, Sapelo Island, for the Georgia State Parks. Mary Jane’s paintings have been on display at museums and private galleries overseas and in the USA and can be found in private and corporate collections.

Plein air painting connects me directly with the world around me, affording me the opportunity to directly contemplate my chosen subject and imagine its story. Immersed in the playfully changing light, observing magical colors and rhythmic designs while listening to the voices of nature, it challenges me to translate a bit of the experience onto the canvas in front of me. As an artist and as a person I am captivated by the diverse sea of faces and lifestyles in our human family and I am humbled by the exquisite beauty of the natural world which supports us and is entrusted to our care. My paintings are my explorations, my questions, my meditations and my contemplations.

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