Marie’s Artist Statement

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 of those who don’t mind looking at the world through my eyes.

Whether it’s a brilliant sunflower soaking up the summer’s heat, 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.

With the exception of my abstracts, the oil paintings I create are based on photos I take myself. I frequently carry my camera along with me hoping to find new reference material for future paintings. I’ve been inspired by all manner of things including a stalk of corn waving to a big blue sky, the glistening shores of Lake Michigan, or views from the car during a quiet drive on rural midwestern backroads.

Regardless of the geographic location, I photograph the simple things found in nature or every day life that I find calming or intriguing.

Once I’ve decided to turn one of my photos into a painting, I do several rough compositional sketches on tracing paper before transferring the final design onto a canvas. Then with brush in hand, my mission is to fill that empty stark-white space with color. Overall, I am more concerned with creating a feeling of warmth and sunshine than with recreating a photograph I’ve taken.

My palette consists of roughly a dozen different colors of Gamblin® oil paints. Some of the color mixing happens right on the canvas as I overlap colors to add depth and richness. I never use black, but instead get my darkest values by combining Ultramarine Blue and Burnt Sienna, and then sometimes adding a dab of whatever else is on my paint tray at the time.

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.

The pear in my logo represents my desire to lead a deliberately fruitful life, which 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.”

This same pear also represents the integral part my husband plays in both my personal life and my Art, as he is undoubtedly my perfect “pair,” and my (much) better half.