Michigan artist, Mary Brodbeck specializes in the traditional methods of Japanese woodblock printmaking. She grew up on a dairy farm near Woodland, Michigan along with four brothers and two sisters. Prior to focusing on fine art full-time in the 1990’s, Mary worked as an industrial designer in the West Michigan office furniture industry. Mary conducts woodblock printmaking workshops around the country as well as from her studio/gallery in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
Since 1998, Mary has specialized in moku hanga, woodblock prints made using all traditional Japanese methods and materials. She learned these techniques from Yoshisuke Funasaka in Tokyo, as a recipient of a Bunka-Cho fellowship from the Japanese government. Her images are most often of the beautiful Great Lakes. Mary exhibits her work throughout the United States, in Canada and Japan. She has been featured in the Detroit Institute of Arts. Artisan's Bench is now featuring pieces from her "Autumn: Sleeping Bear Dunes" series.