Mary Jo Zorad
Mary Jo Zorad has been drawing and painting since a young child. She always wanted to be an artist. Her first teacher was her father who spent time drawing while he tutored her in math. Her first solo art presentation occurred in High School. She has painted and sold art for over 20 years. Her career took a turn into Psychology and Art away from a full time artist after Junior College where she studied art and art history. While in graduate school she continued painting and drawing while writing her dissertation. She sold and gave away many of her paintings while studying psychology and art therapy. During that time her graphic design drawings were included in mail order catalogues and her paintings in business offices. Mary Jo’s subjects vary from domestic animals such as cats and dogs, to landscapes, people, still life, horses and wildlife. She paints in oils, watercolors and pastels. She was born in Indiana, moved to California where she studied, and now lives in Washington on a 5-acre organic farm.
Mary Jo states “I am fortunate now to realize my expression and passion for art and make a living with this creativity. It is the expression of life and nature surrounding me that I seek to portray. I paint what I see and feel in my soul. Nature – closest to our soul, creates the vibrant colors that sparks the eye and warms the heart”.
She was never far away from her true calling of creative expression.