Mary Jane Cogan
Painter, Fiber Artist, Jewelry
In four simple words, I love being creative! And I loved this since I was a youngster. I remember being excited about getting a fresh box of crayons; and playing with colors continues to fascinate me, no matter what medium I am working in. Although I have never been a full-time artist, I’ve taken classes in almost every creative endeavor, from needlework to interior design. I’ve found that by taking a class in one area, I frequently get an idea I can use in another application.
My creative drive has resulted in some wonderful experiences, from meeting a First Lady at the White House to my stitchery being part of a holiday display at the Smithsonian Museum. More importantly, though, it has enriched my life on a daily basis. If a day is extremely busy, and other responsibilities are calling, I still try to paint a few strokes, or stitch a few stitches. That makes my day complete.
Since joining Great Falls Studios, I have participated in these events:
December 2007 - Holiday Show
May 2008 - Great Falls Days
June 2008 - Group Show at Great Falls Library
August 2008 - Juried Show at the Old Brogue
November 2008 - Group Sale at American Plant Nursery
December 2008 - Holiday Show
Jan. - March 2009 - Group Show at Seneca Hill Animal Hospital
April 2009 - Spring Show
July 2009 - Group Show at Fairfax County Government Center
August 2009 - Group Show at the Old Brogue
November 2009 - Solo Show at the Old Brogue
December 2009 - Holiday Show
Jan. – March 2010 - Group Show at Seneca Hill Animal Hospital
March 2010 - Art auction at Voce Chamber Concert
My most recent watercolor award was attained at the Waterford Fair in October 2009.