Mary Grace Eubank

Mary Grace EUBANK

Internationally recognized, award-winning graphic designer and children’s book illustrator.

I am excitingly traveling into more creative discovery and ambitious redirection. As a retired illustrator of children’s games and literature, I want my art to continue to tell imaginative stories — this time I need to express more than the adventures of whimsical, goofy critters in serendipitous situations. I want my subjects to reflect a dramatic, soulful narrative symbolic enough for individual interpretation, but subtle enough to unleash personal perspectives, opinions, and recollections.

My paintings show an insight shaped by a lifetime of memories and experiences written in a language varying in mood, atmosphere, and circumstances. I want to investigate and expose the diversities of the human spirit designated by the beauty and emotion that surrounds me. I hope to evolve into a painter that is on a poetic path to a synergy of scenic exploration and distinct color amalgamation with a strong design aesthetic, compositional freedom and emotional connection. At my age, the only restriction is time. I find it impossible to retire that rewarding sense of artistic invention. I am blessed to celebrate with JOY every day.

Soul Sisters

Soul Sisters

24″ x 36″ oil

$2400

Inspired by my treasured connection with my amazing, remarkable daughter

Fast Facts

  • Grew up in Marshall, Texas
  • Graduated from SMU in 1966
  • Resides in Preston Hollow, Dallas
  • Summers in Cordillera, CO since 2010

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

A designer for Susan Crane Packaging and The Drawing Board 1966-1970

Illustration Staff Member for The Muppets, Children’s Television Workshop, and Sesame Street Magazine for 25+ years.

Her art is featured in over 100 published books for major publishing houses such as Random House, Doubleday, Harcourt Brace, Simon and Schuster, Western Publishing, and WORD publishing.

Worked on games for companies like Milton Bradley, Mattel, Fisher-Price, CBS, and Hasbro

Created corporate promotional images and product characterization for national and international companies such as Keebler, Taco Bell, Wendy’s, Carnation Foods, McDonald’s, and Butterick.

In numerous books, newspapers, and magazines such as The Artist’s Market, Getting Started as a Freelance Illustrator, The Career Cartoonists, and most recently Top Dogs and Their Pets by Richard Pruitt and David Woo.

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“One ought, every day at least, to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture, and, if it were possible, to speak a few reasonable words.”

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


“If you ask me what I came to do in this world, I, an artist, will answer you: I am here to live out loud.”

Émile Zola


“Art and love are the same thing: It’s the process of seeing yourself in things that are not you.”

Chuck Klosterman, Killing Yourself to Live: 85% of a True Story


“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.”

Thomas Merton, No Man is an Island


"Everything you can imagine is real."

Pablo Picasso


“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.”

Pablo Picasso


“A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.”

George Bernard Shaw


“Life doesn't imitate art, it imitates bad television.”

Woody Allen


"Eleanor was right. She never looked nice. She looked like art, and art wasn't supposed to look nice; it was supposed to make you feel something."

Rainbow Rowell, Eleanor & Park


“Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.”

Edgar Degas


“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.”

Pablo Picasso


“Creativity takes courage.”

Henri Matisse


“Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.”

Leonardo da Vinci


“You might as well ask an artist to explain his art, or ask a poet to explain his poem. It defeats the purpose. The meaning is only clear thorough the search.”

Rick Riordan


“You must have chaos within you to give birth to a dancing star.”

Friedrich Nietsche

 


“Art is the lie that enables us to realize the truth.”

Pablo Picasso


“A painter should begin every canvas with a wash of black, because all things in nature are dark except where exposed by the light.”

Leonardo da Vinci


“It is good to love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is well done.”

Vincent van Gogh


“The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion that stands at the cradle of true art and true science.”

Albert Einstein, The World as I See It

 

 


"Any fool can be happy. It takes a man with real heart to make beauty out of the stuff that makes us weep.”

Clive Barker, Days of Magic, Nights of War (Abarat, #2)


“I dream my painting and I paint my dream.”

Vincent van Gogh