M.J. (SPRING) BRUSH ( b, 1946, USA )
M.J. Brush was born into an artistic family, her father and elder brother both engravers. While studying for her BFA at the University of Connecticut, she discovered the Scientific Illustration Office. Upon graduation, the department offered her a full-time appointment. For the next 25 years, M.J. worked as an illustrator for some 70 scientists, illustrating a broad and deep array of biological subjects for publication in books & scholarly journals.
M.J. Brush became a member of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators in 1974. (GNSI.ORG) She served as Vice President of the Guild from 1990 to 1994. M.J. was awarded the Guild’s Distinguished Service Award in 2001, the same year she helped start a New England chapter of the Guild.
Over the years, she has taught science illustration in the honors program at “UConn”. She also taught watercolor workshops at the Mystic Art Association as well as private workshops in the area.
After retiring from the University in 2000, she & her husband, Dr. Alan Brush, sailed their 33’ Cape Dory the length of the Eastern U.S., while working on a book describing the ecology of the coast & changes to the habitat over the past 300 years. (He was the writer & she the illustrator.) Their book is currently being reviewed for publication.
M.J. lives in Stonington, CT & paints the sea, the illumination of light, nature, still life, landscapes & the flora/fauna that surrounds her.