Mary GrandPre’ began her career as an illustrator. The path that led her to that point started with her education at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Her passion for light, color, drawing and design came together in evocative paintings, using a variety of mediums. Much of her focus was creating paintings for numerous picture books and book covers. While she has illustrated over 20 picture books, she is perhaps best known for her illustrations on the Harry Potter books. She has also worked as the conceptual artist on Dreamwork’s animated film “Antz” and on Blue Sky Studios’ animated film “Ice Age”.

Mary has since turned her attention to pursue her love of abstract painting, still carrying on at times, with a suggestion of narrative, but exploring shape, color and light with a totally new sense of freedom. She is inspired by nature, hieroglyphic symbols and letterform, and most recently, aerial views of land and water. She strives to create a place for the viewer to travel through and discover their own story, while half hidden marks and messages, peek through layers of paint and collage which have been worn away. What once seemed familiar, is new.  READ MORE