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Curriculum vitae

Mary-Jane is both an artist and a scientist.  She has worked in the environmental field for over 30 years. 

1984 Bachelor of Science, University of the Witwatersrand (Botany and Geographical & Environmental Studies)
1985 Bachelor of Science (Hons), University of the Witwatersrand (Geographical & Environmental Studies)


1996-2003 Painting classes with Ceridwan Jane Gray of Avante Art, Cape Town
2005 Jill Trappler UCT Summer School Course – mixed media painting
2005–2014 Painting classes, Debbie Field of Pinehill Studio, Cape Town
2012 Painting – Summer School Course, Slade School of Fine Art, London
2016–2018 Contemporary Art Practice Workshop Series, Prof Elfriede Dreyer, Knysna
2017 Art and Concept Short Course, Emma Willemse, WHOW Studios, Cape Town.
2020-2021 Escape Artists, Debbie Field (Online).
2020-current Contemporary Art Practice Certificate Course, Prof Elfriede Dreyer (Online).
2022 Portmeor Programme (6 month intensive course), St Ives School of Painting, Cornwall, UK (Online).


2004 “Kaleidoscope” – group exhibition, VEO gallery, Cape Town
2009 “She is the Masterpiece” – group exhibition, Samsara, Cape Town
2010 “Interesting Places” – group exhibition, Nova Constantia, Cape Town
2011 “Light of Life” – group exhibition – Cedar Tree Gallery, Cape Town
2013 “Something to Show” – Pinehill Studio Exhibition, Gill Aldermann Gallery, Cape Town
2017 “Local Identity” – curated CAP group exhibition, Plett Arts Festival
2018 “Fire Dance” curated CAP group exhibition, Klein Karoo Nationale Kunsfees.
2020 “Finding Water” featured artist, edg 2020 gallery (online).
2021 Inaugural exhibition – group exhibition – edg 2020 gallery, Johannesburg.
2021 “Inside Out” group exhibition – Alliance Francaise, Cape Town.
2022 “Artist as Shaman” group exhibition – CAP Institute, Midrand – Johannesburg and Glen Carlou Gallery, Stellenbosch.
2023 “Rhizome” group exhibition – Latuvu Gallery, Bages, France.


2005-2006 Louis Jansen van Vuuren workshops – painting and pastels
2009 Marilyn Martin Lecture Series on “Picasso and Africa”, UCT Summer School
2011 Crista Cloutier “The Working Artist” Workshop
2011 Lloyd Pollack Lecture series on “German Expressionism”, Friends of the National Gallery
2015 Language of Paint Workshop – Emily Ball of Seawhite Studio (UK), Cape Town
2016 Landscape Painting Workshop – Emily Ball of Seawhite Studio (UK), Cintsa
2016 Abstract Painting Workshop, Gary Wragg, Seawhite Studio, UK
2016 Life Drawing and Painting Workshop, Debbie Field of Pinehill Studio, Plettenberg Bay
2017 Transcription Workshop – Emily Ball of Seawhite Studio (UK), AFDA, Cape Town
2019 Expressive Painting from Nature – Emily Ball of Seawhite Studio (UK), Karatini Farm, Barrington
2020 Floribunda – Emily Ball of Seawhite Studio (UK), Online workshop
2021 Artist as Shaman workshop, CAP Institute, Johannesburg and Stellenbosch
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