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.
In 2015 I achieved a life-long goal of writing and illustrating a children's book. The cover displays two loves of my life - piano-playing and cats. Inside is a collection of limericks, watercolor images, and amusing cats. I hope cat lovers of all ages will enjoy it.