Mary Jane Check grew up in Rock Hill, South Carolina.  She then headed to Hamilton College in New York State to pursue her BA, with a major in studio art.  In 2013, she left New York City after 11 years for Charlottesville, Virginia, where she now lives and works in the Belmont neighborhood. Since January, 2020, Mary Jane has been an associate artist at Charlottesville's McGuffey Art Center.


After 20 years spent honing her skills and focusing solely on representational painting, she has begun experimenting with more vivid, semi-abstract compositions.  Influenced by photo references of rough gemstones, Mary Jane manipulates the colors, reflections, and striations to create dynamic and vivid canvases. She enjoys exploring both the geometry and randomness of natural gemstone formations.