I feel that my role as an artist is to create paintings that evoke strong feelings and emotions. Abstract art has the potential to be powerful enough to accomplish this. I have always loved color, and my art gives me the means to explore texture, shapes, and color. During the painting process, I let the paint and mood lead me to the next step as I strive to connect with the viewer. I often use products that allow me to create paintings that have an almost sculptural effect. Painting is an integral part of my life and makes each day an exciting adventure.
Partial List of Exhibitions and Juried Shows
International Society of Experimental Artists Juried: 2010
Wright Gallery, Samford University-4 Person Exhibition: 1997
Energen Corporation Exhibitions: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 (award 2012)
Bluff Park Juried Art Shows: 2007-2012
Magic City Art Connection Juried: 2010
Watercolor Society of Alabama Shows: 1992-1999
Florida Watercolor Society Exhibition: 1995
National League of American Pen Women Juried Shows: 1994-2001
Great Gulf Coast Art Festival: 2010-2012
Pensacola Art in the Park Show: 2011-2013
Vestavia Hills Chamber of Commerce Solo Show: 1997
Kentuck Festival of Arts Juried Show: 1995, 1996
Grand Festival of Art Juried Shows, Fairhope, Alabama: 1995-2012
Fairhope Festival of Art Juried Shows: 1994-2012
Shelby County Library Juried Solo Show: 1994
Hoover Library Juried Solo Show: 2004, 2011
Leeds Arts Council Juried Solo Show: 2005
Decatur Festival of the Arts Juried Show; Decatur, Georgia: 2008, 2010
Sandy Springs, Georgia Juried Festival: 2012
Artists Incorporated Gallery; Vestavia, Alabama
Whitman Gallery; Sylacauga, Alabama
Stone Soup Gallery; Leeds, Alabama
Hoover Library Art Gallery; Hoover, Alabama
Fairhope Artists Gallery; Fairhope, Alabama
Numerous Best of Show, First Place, and Purchase Awards in many organizations.
Mary Jean Henke has paintings in many private and corporate collections throughout the United States and Europe, including the recent purchase of 17 large paintings by the Jefferson County Health Department for their new facility.
Other Corporate clients include: Grandview Financial Group, Dental office of Dr. Rex Hall, Dr. Richard Gitter Medical Group, Accounting Office of Kathleen Gallant, Dr. Sandra Gianturco & Dr. Bill Bradley, Harris and Associates, Dr. Geeta Lakhanpal,, Drew Robinson Law Offices and many others.
Mary-Jean is a founder and co-owner of Artists Incorporated Gallery
in Vestavia Hills, Alabama.