The Pout of a Hundred Possible Meanings

The Pout of a Hundred Possible Meanings There is an exciting and meaningful project taking place on the national art scene at the moment.  It’s called the Great American Paint-In. There are several goals of this project, the opening lines of which read, “We believe there must be a bigger mission to document what is …

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Namibia Painting Commission

Namibia Painting Commission I am honored to have been the recipient of a Namibian Government commission for the creation of two paintings of Namibia for the new permanent residence of the Namibian Ambassador to the United Nations in New York. It was such a joy to paint these scenes while wandering through so many wonderful …

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Namibian postcards by Mary Jane Volkmann

Namibia Postage Stamp Paintings Released as Postcards

I had the sweetest surprise in learning that two of the postage stamps I had created for the Traditional Women of Namibia stamp series many years ago had been made into postcards by Nampost in Namibia in 2016.  Now that I have received them and am holding them in my hands, I am struck by the …

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painting by Mary Jane Volkmann hanging at Santa Fe College

The Learning Curve

I always find it interesting that I don’t know what I don’t know until I’m faced with executing something for which I have not expected the unexpected.  This past year presented me with a big one of those challenges, and in more ways than one! I received a commission to do a large painting to …

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spring flowers

Would you like to join a painting class in the mountains in spring?

PAINTING THE WORLD AROUND US: PLEIN AIR PAINTING IN SPRING MAY 1 – 7, 2016 John C. Campbell Folk School, Brasstown, N. Carolina What do you love about spring? Have you experienced it in the mountains of North Carolina? The flowers have begun to burst open in joyful colors, the birds are singing, the air …

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artist painting at workshop taught by Mary Jane Volkmann and Kathleen Wobie

Painting Workshops

It’s been a busy season!  Following on a painting demonstration and one day workshop for the Art Guild of Orange Park Art as well as a demonstration of acrylics used like watercolors for the Citrus Watercolor Club, I recently taught a two day painting workshop with my friend and colleague, Kathleen Wobie. Kathie and I …

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color and dimension painting workshop taught by Mary Jane Volkmann and Kathleen Wobie

Painting Workshop: Color and Dimension!

I am excited to announce the next in a series of workshops I am co-teaching with my friend and artist colleague, Kathleen Wobie:  Color and Dimension A Painter’s Guide to Distance and Perspective in Painting May 16 -17, 2015 McIntosh, Florida Registration and $75 deposit by May 8, 2015,  see details below In this workshop …

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the color of water, photo by artist Mary Jane Volkmann

The Color of Water

I recently received the most wonderful gift!  One of my artist friends, Linda Blondheim, and I were invited by a mutual friend to spend a few days painting on an island in the Gulf of Mexico.  Painting water and being around it thrill me, so the opportunity to have an artist residency where I could …

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