Mary Jane Begin


Mary Jane Begin is an award winning illustrator and author of children’s books.

Born in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, Mary Jane always loved to draw and paint, but she never thought of it as a career path until her art teacher suggested that she study illustration. Mary Jane’s studied Illustration at the Rhode Island School of Design, where she has been a professor for Illustration for more than two decades and the Internship and Professional Development Advisor for that department.

Mary Jane's books and illustrations have been the recipient of many awards, including multiple recognitions from the Society of Illustrators and Communication Arts, the Irma Simonton Black Award, and the Critici Erba Prize. She has had exhibitions across the United States, from the DeCordova Museum in Massachusetts to the Books of Wonder Gallery in New York and Beverly Hills.

Mary Jane resides in Rhode Island with her husband, their children, and their Labrador.

To see more of Mary Jane Begin’s work, please visit her website.

Jair Hernandez