Mary jo Scandin, aka MJ, has been creating works of art and design for over forty years. She enjoys working in fiber and focuses on the art of batik, silk painting, and hand-dying. She is also an accomplished mixed-media artist, graphic designer, and illustrator of children's books.
As a celebration of line, pattern and color, her pieces reveal vibrant compositions encompassing colorful abstracts, nature motifs, or geometric forms laden with movement and rhythm. Her work captures her life using vibrant colors defining forms in light or shadow, or controlled lines. Using a similar approach with her illustrations and graphics, MJ's design work also represents a sense of fun, humor, and whimsy.
A prolific artist, MJ approaches her work with great discipline and self-mastery. She has sketched in a journal or worked on a piece of art almost every day of her life. MJ consistently creates work, even when she is traveling or vacationing.
Graduating with an art degree, MJ began her career as an art teacher. Eventually MJ and her family spent most of their summers in Door County, Wisconsin where she and her husband opened a gallery, Serendipity. This unique place, where MJ created work, and sold her pieces along with other works by talented artists and craftsmen, became a distinct destination for tourists and locals alike. MJ continues to travel to Door County every year to teach at Sievers School of Fiber Arts, where she has shared her expertise for over 25 years. Her work is still shown at The Blue Dolphin House Studio in the town of Ephraim in Door County.
MJ's work is enjoyed in private and public collections around the world.
MJ and her husband currently reside in Appleton, Wisconsin.
© 2017 by MJ Scandin