Northland's Very Own: Mary Jobin-Gagne

By KBJR News 1

November 12, 2010 Updated Nov 12, 2010 at 10:00 AM CDT

Her love for art started with a paintbrush, but it eventually led Mary Jobin-Gagne into the field of photography.

"I painted from images that I tore out of magazines and I what I really wanted to do was be able to take some images of my own that I could paint from," says Mary.

This prompted Mary to join an area camera club to learn the craft of photography and it didn't take long for this new hobby to turn into a passion.

"It just kind of grew and soon I just wasn't painting at all anymore and I haven't for a long time," says Mary.

Soon Mary's work began winning awards and popping up in calendars and post cards in shops across the Northland.

"If you take a picture and somebody likes it enough to buy it, there's no better feeling," says Mary.

Despite the excitement of being published, for Mary it's all about the experience of being outdoors and doing something she loves.

"Sometime it's almost spiritual. The woods can be so quiet and the streams flowing and the light the way it bounces off certain things. It's calming and it's therapeutic," says Mary.

Unfortunately, Mary only has a limited time that she can continue enjoying this hobby as she has been diagnosed with macular degeneration.

Even though she doesn't know how many visual years she has left, she has not slowed up and plans to always make art a part of her life.

"I don't know how long I can do it but I will do it for as long as I can. And when I can't do it anymore I'll probably buy some watercolor paints and paper and take that up again," says Mary.

You can find Mary's work featured on many postcards and calendars at various shops including Minnesota Gifts by Sandra Dee, Northern Lights Bookstore, and the Hallmark Store in the Miller Hill Mall.