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PF: What’s your age? Where are you from?

MS: I am 35, having lived in Milwaukee, WI for @28 of those years. I spent 6 years living in Winona Lake, IN (North Central IN) during my college days and then for a couple of years after graduation. Moved back to Milwaukee with my husband in 1994 to be near my family and the culture of a big city again. We've spent the last 11 years living in a community called Bay View which is just minutes south of downtown, right along the shores of Lake Michigan. It's becoming one of the new artsy destinations for the city and we couldn't love it more! Many of my water landscape paintings are inspired from views that are within the city (even though they look like you are out in the middle of nowhere.)

PF: Marie Scott Studios was a dream fulfilled. What’s your newest dream to fulfill?

MS: Short term: Seeing the "stories" behind my paintings bring joy, peace, and hope to those who enjoy my artwork.

My long-term goal is to find my work appearing in unexpected places. I have decided that I am not painting for the Avant Garde, but rather the common man who simply enjoys pretty things. I want my work to be attainable to all who appreciate art. So for example, if I were to walk into a hotel lobby and see a print of my painting tastefully displayed, it would bring me great pleasure to know that hundreds of people each day were seeing my work and (hopefully) enjoying it.

PF: I understand the pear in your logo signifies a fruitful life. What makes your life ‘fruitful’?

MS: The idea of a fruitful life is completely related to my faith. It is a life-long process that takes daily work, and a conscious effort to live my life in a way that reflects the characteristics of Christ. But it's not something I can do on my own. As Jesus said in the book of John 15:5, 8..."I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing...This is to my father's glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples."

I just completed the final painting in my new abstract series called "The Fruit of the Spirit." The paintings are my interpretation of each one of these nine specific traits that should be evident in the life of a person who claims to be a follower of Jesus. "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, meekness and self-control." Galatians 5: 22,23a

PF: How long have you been an artist? Who/what inspired your career as an artist?

MS: In first grade I had one of my paintings chosen to hang in the Wisconsin State Capitol building for Youth Art Month. So I suppose maybe that this was when it all began? I was fortunate to have been blessed with wonderful art teachers throughout my entire schooling. Some kids excelled in sports, but art and music were where I seemed to have been gifted, so that's where I devoted much of my time and energy as a child. My parents had the wisdom to encourage and nurture this gift instead of trying to make me into something I was not.

In college I majored in Graphic Design, but many of my classes were drawing and painting. I would have preferred to major in fine arts, but was realistic about needing to support myself, so that's why I double majored in Graphic Design and Communications. It wasn't very long into my first job as a designer that I realized I would not want to make a life-long career of graphic design. I did end up spending about 10 years as a successful designer--all the while dreaming for the day when I could leave the computer and Pantone chips behind and bring out my messy oil paints. Ironically, I only had one class in college that was specifically focussed on painting with oils, but for some reason that was the medium I always knew I wanted to use when I was finally able to start painting full-time.

PF: I see from your website that your art expresses ‘color, light, contrast and beauty’. Describe your artwork for us. What do you want others to feel when experiencing your art?

color: my palette consists of stunningly bright, cheerful colors
light: I want it to feel like the sun is shining in my paintings
contrast: My use of shadows and/or complementary colors help me to create a feeling of vibrant sunshine
beauty: There is nothing dark or depressing in my paintings...only the things I think are worth remembering. ("...whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things." Philippians 4:8

I want my artwork to communicate a sense of serenity, warmth, and optimism. My goal as an artist is to spread beauty into the lives and homes of those who don’t mind looking at the world through my eyes. Whether it’s a brilliant red maple leaf waving in the breeze, or a cliffside view of a sparkling coastline, my paintings should cause people to feel as if time has stopped in the midst of a near perfect day.

PF: Why do you choose to create art for a living? What is your favorite thing about creating for a living?

MS: My favorite thing about creating art for a living is that my entire life blends together now. My “work” is my joy and my passion, rather than something I dread or simply endure doing. I can't wait to start my next painting... I think I could paint for years and years and still not come close to running out of ideas or the thrill of brushing the first splash of color across an empty white canvas.
I feel it is more of a calling than a profession. I would continue to do it if I never made another dollar—it's something I feel I was created to do.

PF: Why did you decide to print a giclee edition? Why chose an edition of 50 (as apposed to a different number or an open edition)?

MS: I want my art to be affordable to as many people who would desire to own it. My limited edition prints are created to make sure that I can offer my artwork at several different price points. I chose an edition of 50 solely based on the sale you had going at the time---it seemed like the best value, and a nice round number to start with. It was my first attempt at a giclee edition, so I really was just making a "best guess" as to what I should do based on both my budget and projected sales

PF: Why did you choose to make an edition of 'dahlia' over your other pieces?

MS:There were a few reasons I chose dahlia. The first was the overwhelmingly positive feedback I had received on that particular painting, and then it did sell and I missed it!

This painting also has sentimental value to me in that the photo was one I had taken in our back yard when our baby son was just a few weeks old. At the time I took the photo I couldn't ever imagine having the time to paint it, but my life did return to "normal" and I eventually got back into working again.