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Mary Jo Van Dell, an artist from the St. Croix River Valley of Minnesota, has devoted her life to mastering her artistic vision onto the oil painter’s canvas.


Largely self-taught, Van Dell’s style, unique and independent, defies precise classification. Historical references might include Winslow Homer and Andrew Wyeth. Her minimalist palette emphasizes the natural world, austere and uncompromising. Her contrast of light and dark captures the drama and power. With her paintings Van Dell conveys the awe and joy of the nature’s rawness, and invites others to share in her emotional response.


Van Dell is known for evocative works in oil, rich in beauty, mystery and immense power. Many of her paintings depict man’s presence and his struggle to survive in an ever changing environment.


She draws inspiration by hiking, backpacking, skiing and immersing herself in the wild. The rivers, lakes and forests of northern Minnesota, especially the North Shore of Lake Superior, and into Canada have been her focus throughout her life. More recently, she has explored and portrayed landscapes of the Pacific coast and desert vistas of the Southwest.


Collected and exhibited nationally and internationally, Van Dell’s paintings hang in both public and private collections including, The Minnesota Historical Society, The Minnesota Marine Art Museum, The National Park system and most recently the Art in Embassies program of the U.S. State Department.




Prints & Cards


gallery representation

The Grand Hand Gallery 

St. Paul, Minnesota

Artful Home

Fine Art online 




101 Judd Street

Marine on Saint Croix, Minnesota


Available Originals

available originals

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© 2021 by Mary Jo Van Dell

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