On the go artist Mary Jane Erard is constantly looking for that perfect opportunity to capture a pastoral landscape. The focus of her work gives her the chance to highlight the natural beauty that surrounds us. In today’s busy world everyone is so engaged in their own lives that the every day environment simply becomes the tranquil backdrop to the commonplace chaos. Through her use of pastels, Mary Jane is able to translate the peaceful blue skies, the whispering pines, the lavender fields with simple strokes of her medium. As seen through her eyes and translated by hand, the art of Mary Jane Erard transports the viewer to a place of serenity and allows one to experience the calm of a quiet day in a place not so far away.
RBG: Why did you decide to pursue ART as a profession?
MJE: I think it was just a happy accident. I had worked in a professional career for some time, but found that wasn’t as fulfilling as creating art and as my art grew in popularity, it became possible for me to earn a living making art!
RBG: Who are you most influenced by as an artist and as a person?
MJE: The persons I am most influenced by are those who take a stand, people who have courage of their convictions and ideas. Art, like life in general, takes a person with courage and conviction that what they are doing and/or creating is worthy and valuable.
RBG: What motivates you?
MJE: I am motivated by the beauty of nature and the beauty created by artists and craftsmen. It takes courage to create. That impresses me to no end.
RBG: What’s your favorite color?
MJE: I think my favorite color is green. I have a love/have relationship with the color. I’m always trying to find that perfect green. I’m sure it will elude me all my days, but I continue the pursuit.
RBG: What is your ultimate goal as an artist?
MJE: To be happy with what I create and to make others happy to own or view my work.
RBG: What is the most rewarding part about being an artist?
MJE: The freedom to create what makes me happy and to not have to be dictated by anything or anyone other than my creativity.
RBG: What advice would you give to a young artist?
MJE: To create something every day, even if it is just a quick sketch while you are waiting on hold on the telephone…to notice beauty around you, no matter where it presents itself.
RBG: Who would you love to meet (can be someone alive or deceased) and what would you ask them?
MJE: The great French artist, Pierre Bonnard. I would love to visit his home and enjoy his hospitality. I probably wouldn’t ask him anything…I’d just witness his greatness and learn that way.
RBG: Where would you love to live or travel?
MJE: I would love to visit any rural area in the US or elsewhere.
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