MJ COLEMAN

Printmaker/Painter

Art was always my favorite class in school and my senior year of high school I managed to get a job at Hallmark Cards in Kansas City. I worked there for over five years before moving to the Bay Area. In San Francisco I started my career as a graphic artist and art director working for corporations such as Bechtel, Chevron, and finally Bank of American as VP of Creative Service. After I left BofA, I became an Account Exec for an annual report design company in San Francisco.

It wasn’t until I retired that I had the time to pursue my own art. I started a small business with a website, www.chalkdogs.com, doing commissions of pastel pet portraits.

I was introduced to printmaking a couple of years ago at John Gruenwald Press in San Francisco and through Arts Benicia’s printmaking studio with Ronna Leon and have loved it ever since. I’ve expanded my medium from monotype, to zinc and copper etching, collagraphs, and now lithography.

Most of my inspirations comes from my travels and photo’s I take a long the way. 

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