Mary GrandPre, who was educated at Minneapolis College of Art and Design, began her career as a conceptual illustrator for the local editorial clients. Mary, experimenting continuously with the media, underwent many artistic changes in her expressive visual form. Her concerns for light, colour, drawing and design were brought together in evocative, ethereal pastel paintings that evolved towards a style that she now calls "soft geometry." Mary's new work has attracted clients in corporate advertising and publishing. Some of these include publishers such as: Ogilvy & Mather, BBD&O, Whittle Communications, The Richards Group, Neenah Paper, Atlantic Monthly Magazine, Random House, Berkley, Penguin, Dell and McGraw Hill. She was recently featured on the cover of Time Magazine for her work with the Harry Potter Series and also worked in Dreamworks animated film Antz as a visionary in environment/scenery development
Mary's work has received national recognition through awards from: The Illustrators Society, Communication Arts, Graphis, Print and Art Directorate. Her work was chosen from among thousands of illustrators to be on Showcase 16's cover, and Step-by-Step Graphics wrote a n article about her "conceptual editorial assignments." In their January/Feb. 200 edition, Communications Arts Magazine also made a "career retrospective" article.
Additionally, Mary has now illustrated six books for beatiful children and is working on the seventh. Her illustration of the book has higherly personalized interpretations of the lyrical story and received very favorable reviews in the national press.
It's unusual for an illustrator to work successfully at one time in so many genres of illustration, from advertising and corporate to publishing and children's books. Her reputation for her delightfully stunning illustrations is now world-renown.... Read More