I’m inspired by the beauty of the West Coast of British Columbia.
Living on Bowen Island allows me to divide my time between the Forest Walks amongst Tall Trees of Cedar, Hemlock, & Douglas Fir and the Beaches where Orcas, Humpbacks and Herons play!
How did you find yourself doing the work your are doing?
I have a degree in Business with a Major In Marketing…but I found myself being drawn to the arts from a very early age. I have challenged myself to make a life long career of painting, creating, instructing and marketing art!
Marie works in Oils. Beginning with thin layers to create a blended, watercolour effect, transitioning to thick impasto strokes with smaller brushes or palette knives. Most paintings are created Ala Prima (in one session) so I work fast to capture the moment/mood. Her palette usually includes Paynes Gray, Phthalo Blue, Viridian Green, White, Transparent Red Oxide and Sap Green. My goal is to capture the West Coast in all it’s glory.
The incredible guidance of Artist /Owner, Gene Prokop, of Pro’s Art Atelier in Edmonton, Alberta would be my biggest creative influence. He taught me to slow down, see the shapes, forms and pop the painting with colours that will create mood. Other creative influences would include the vastness of the Pacific Ocean with its deep rich colours & glory. The height of the Rainforest Trees – up to 180 feet and the spicy scent they offer up. The solitude when I paint.