Mary Jane’s illustration career began as a student at the Rhode Island School of Design, where she has been teaching as a member of the faculty in the Illustration Department. Her advertising and merchandising work includes imagery for greeting cards, posters, prints, games, mugs, gifts, textbooks, and magazines, as well as advertisements for such clients as Hasbro, Milton Bradley, Celestial Seasonings, Annie’s HomeGrown, See's Candies, Franklin Mint, Disney, Pearson Education, Harcourt Publishing, Scott Foresman and Company, Macmillan McGraw Hill, and Dalmatian Press.
Her portfolio includes The Wind in the Willows, A Mouse Told His Mother, Little Mouse's Painting, Before I Go To Sleep, The Porcupine Mouse, and Jeremy's First Haircut. Her own retellings of the classic tales include The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, for Little Brown and Company, and R is for Rhode Island Red, for Sleeping Bear Press, in honor of her home state of Rhode Island. She is also the creator of Willow Buds, a book series inspired by Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows.
Illustrations by Mary Jane Begin
Roberts, Bethany and Begin, Mary Jane. "A Mouse Told His Mother," Little Brown & Co., April 1997. Book
Begin, Mary Jane. "Willow Buds #1: The Tale of Toad and Badger," Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, April 1, 2008. Book