MaryAnn Goodwin is a "Jersey Girl". She was born in Newark, New Jersey and raised at Lake Como on the Jersey Shore. She received a BFA in painting and graphic design from Caldwell University. MaryAnn continues to take classes and workshops in both fine and computer arts at Brookdale, Parsons, and School of the Visual Arts. MaryAnn feels that one should always be in that process of learning so that nothing becomes repeated and dull. She enjoys discovering beauty in her environment and has created many landscapes depicting New Jersey and iconic scenes of the Jersey Shore. She has also found beauty in her own backyard painting lowers grown on her property and portraits of neighbors homes. Color, pattern and decoration are some of her themes.
After graduation from college, MaryAnn was employed by the Monmouth County Park System as a graphic artist and promoted to senior positions until becoming Supervisor of the Graphics Department for the Park System. MaryAnn was responsible for the adoption and troubleshooting of Macintosh computers in the Graphics department and deploying Gerber signmaking software for the creation of permanent and temporary signage. She implemented branding of the Monmouth County Park System logo; resulting in awards recognzing the Park System’s high standards of quality. The Graphics department received several JSPRAA Awards for distinction in design; they included Gold and Silver awards in Annual Reports, Park brochures, and newsletters. MaryAnn chaired the Exhibit Committee for the Monmouth County Park System and created and refurbished both temporary and permanent exhibits in various park locations. While under her supervision the Park System explored the use of many new media including touch screen, tyvek and embedded fiberglass for signage and exhibits. After 34 years of service to the Monmouth County Park System, MaryAnn retired to explore new possibilities as a fine artist and return to her roots as a painter.
MaryAnn has exhibited at The Monmouth Museum, Brookdale College, The Arts Alliance, The Manasquan River Group of Artists, Belmar Arts Council, and Monmouth Arts Council, and New Jersey Watercolor Society. She is an Exhibiting artist and Board Member at the Guild of Creative Art.
She has exhibited at State Group Shows, The Canterbury Arts Festival Monmouth Festival of the Arts, Carrier Clinic, NJR Resources, Monmouth County Library Headquarters. She has created public art for The Sea Grant Consortium and Long Branch Pier Village.
Mary Ann teaches watercolor and drawing at Thompson Park and Around The Corner Art Studio in Freehold. Her watercolor “The Woods Are Lovely” was chosen by Atlantic Heath System’s Holiday card in 2017. MaryAnn’s paintings are in private collections throughout New Jersey, New York, Florida, Delaware, Pennsylvania.