Nearly 35 years ago, Mary Engelbreit launched her own company with a strong desire for creative freedom and a line of 12 greeting cards. Today, Mary is the head of a highly successful business bearing her name, and is considered one of the country’s premier designers and artists. Her signature artwork appears on thousands of products, including greeting cards, books (design, gift, children’s, cooking, home and art), calendars, stationery, fabric, crafts, kitchen accessories, dinnerware and other home décor items.
Her style, modestly referred to as “eclectic traditional,” is more widely recognized than that of any other contemporary illustrator. Mary’s inspirational, whimsical and down-to-earth collections have changed the lives of countless fans the world over. As the author of 15 design books and past Editor-in-Chief of the successful, Mary Engelbreit’s Home Companion magazine, Mary’s point of view and style infuse her home, studio and ongoing design sensibilities with the same charm and uniqueness that have made all of her products so popular.
As a licensor, Mary has grown her business to include over 6,500 products, with more than $1 billion in lifetime retail sales. These products produce over 200 million brand impressions annually, and Mary’s opt-in online fan base is near 100,000...and growing! The real Mary Engelbreit is much like her work—spirited, playful, witty, optimistic and more than a tad irreverent. She draws on her personal experiences as wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend and female entrepreneur and businessperson to capture those magic moments of daily life in her art.
Mary was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, where she currently lives with her family and pets.