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©2018 by Mary Kay Krell


I grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan, a university town. I was raised in a musical family and became interested in the arts at an early age. My major at the University of Michigan School of Architecture and Design was in painting and printmaking. In a work-study program during my college years I learned graphic skills and held several positions as a graphic artist. These jobs were intermingled with raising a family, moving several times, and dabbling in acrylics and pen and ink illustrations.

After a move to Minnesota in 1985, I began painting seriously in watercolor, and began experimenting with oils in 1998. My style  is representational characterized by softness, delicacy, luminosity, and meticulous preoccupation with color and texture. My subject matter is botanical; including garden scenes, still life with flowers, and landscape. I give special attention to the structure and color balance of the piece.

I have taught private lessons to all ages on watercolor, oil, and drawing.  In the past my work has been published by major publishers in many forms, including limited and open edition prints, calendars, and greeting cards.  My artwork has illustrated the pages of books and magazines published by Guideposts/Ideals.

Recently, I have begun painting landscapes based on travels in Texas, New Mexico, California, and Michigan.