Hello! I’m Mary Jill Lemieur, a full-time artist residing in beautiful northern Michigan.
I have been doodling, drawing and painting since I was two. As a child I was influenced by the miniatures and animal illustrations of Beatrix Potter, the whimsical art of Paul Klee, Marc Chagall and the wild sixties colors of Peter Max. After earning my BFA (graphic design and multi-disciplinary fine arts) at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan, I worked as a graphic designer for more than a decade before embracing fine art and illustration. I have studied with artists Doug Melvin, Edee Joppich, Chuck Forman, Bob Fagen, Jan Glass and Jane Cardinal.
Although my work has been exhibited in solo shows, group shows and galleries, I've found my true niche in commissioned work. I've painted hundreds of highly realistic portraits of people, places, animals and beloved pets. These commissions are my most challenging and important work: creating treasured art which has an emotional impact as well as one of beauty.
My paintings are created with oil, watercolor, acrylic, gouache, egg tempera, and elaborate hand-painted digital media. My artistic intention is that my work will give you the same sense of wonder and imagination I feel when I'm painting the natural beauty of Michigan landscapes, sunsets and wildlife!
I've illustrated a children's book called Pinky and the Green Bean Can Do Club written by Gene B. Symmonds. Currently I'm creating characters for a new kids' book series which is all about creativity and pets - two favorite subjects of mine! It's great fun collaborating with the authors to bring the stories and characters to life!
Finally, I enjoy being a visual artist-in-residence for MMA (Michigan Arts Access) where I work in schools, integrating visual arts into the core curricula for students with disabilities. Our residencies explore the unlimited possibilities that art provides - with access to everyone. In my residencies I encourage and guide students into an ongoing arts practice.
Please visit https://www.maryjill.com to see my originals, fine art prints and custom work, and to view my video portfolio!