Born in 1951, American painter Mary Jane Q. Cross received her formal training at the Worcester Art Museum, in 1970 to 1973 in a time of Expressionism. Followed by workshops with Daniel Green and mentoring with Fran Hoyt (student of Vincent Dumond), Mary Jane designed her own curriculum based on the Atelier System, to gain the tools necessary to make her art speak with historic purity, and her own unique voice.
Awards accumulated for the artist from early years on the outdoor festival circuit, where 30,000 a year regularly followed her career. She has membership and awards from American Artists Professional League, Allied Artists of America, Catharine Lorillard Wolfe club, Oil Portrait Society of America, Exhibits with Oil Painters of America 2006, 2008, 2009 and other notable organizations.