Born in New York City, Marie grew up in Short Hills, NJ. After graduating from James Madison University with a degree in Early Childhood Education and teaching elementary school in Virginia for a number of years, she and her husband moved to Gainesville, FL where they raised their two daughters. Being drawn to the arts from an early age, Marie combined her love of teaching children with her passion for visual art in 1992 and began teaching art to young children at Gainesville Country Day School. She continued teaching there for 18 years. As her own children grew, she pursued her desire to paint, finding oils, as her choice of medium.
In April, 2010, Marie relocated to the Tampa Bay area with her husband and two dogs. After teaching in the classroom for three years, Marie missed teaching art. She left teaching in the school setting and is now teaching children at the Old Hyde Park Art Center in Tampa www.tamparegionalartists.com a few hours a week and is finally devoting herself to her own art fulltime.
Primarily self-taught, she continually refines her style and technique and enjoys learning from artists she admires through occasional workshops. Her work is displayed and available for purchase at art shows and exhibits in Florida, as well as Island Gallery West www.islandgallerywest.com on Anna Maria Island. Marie also accepts commission work
“I paint whatever I’m drawn to…from landscapes, seascapes, architectural and figurative subject matter, to still lifes. Still lifes composed of glass, crystal and often silver for it’s reflective quality, combined with colorful fabrics, flowers, fruit and other objects, are favorite compositions for my most recent work. Translating what I see with fresh, vibrant color…attempting to capture the effects of natural light in various settings is exciting. I hope to share that experience with the viewer. I love to combine nature with man-made materials, I suppose because for me, it symbolizes the fact that no matter how developed we become as a society, our accomplishments were born from nature. Without a healthy environment and planet, we are nothing.”