Swap-bot Time: May 19, 2024 8:19 pm


Date Joined: July 16, 2022
Last Online: February 28, 2024
Birthday: July 13, 1954
Country: United States
My Etsy Store

About Me


I'm Marie and am retired and love it. Especially because I can now have time to do more art – although there still never seems like enough to me – ha!

As a self-taught artists, I have been creating art my entire life, and that’s a LONG time. Through the majority of the years I painted pet portrait commissions in oil – usually 16” x 20”. My paintings are very realistic and I focus on the eyes, as I feel the eyes are the “window to the soul”.

Other mediums I use are watercolor, acrylics, pastels, colored pencils, graphite, and most recently alcohol ink. I have fallen in love with alcohol ink and have been creating what I call “Windblown Flowers”, which have wispy magical petals and a very detail center. My Etsy shop is noted above. Check it out if you are so inclined.

And for the left side of my brain, I am a graphic designer and web designer. Being equally right brained and left brained, makes it hard when I want to be analytic and yet freely create. That’s an oxymoron! My favorite word.

The most important thing about me is that I LOVE NATURE – any kind of it – all of it. I’d live outside 24/7 if that were possible. I see the beauty in all that God has created, and in my artwork the majority of times, that is what I am trying to reflect. In fact, my tagline is "Artist of His creations, painting natures stories" - which pretty much sums me up. Nature of any kind has called my name for as long as I can remember. My artwork subject matters are animals, plants, sky, water - basically anything nature related.

In 2021, I started Nature Journaling and I document plants, trees, and shrubs in all of their stages of development. This gives me a place to put all the things I observe, and get to “put my brain on paper” – something I learned from John Muirs Law who teaches Nature Journaling.

My favorite color is green and especially green and blue together. I do NOT like pink! I can tolerate yellow, but I don’t prefer it.

I am an avid gardener, with a pretty good green thumb. Every year my deck has an abundance of multi-colored coleus. It’s like having flowers, but not – as the many colorful leaves give the impression of a floral group. AND I don’t have flowers to deadhead and the such.

In my family of 3 adult children and 9 grandchildren – almost ALL of them are artistic, and my children also married artistic people. So our gatherings tend to focus around creative things. In fact, one of my granddaughters is going to college to be an art teacher. Love that! Carrying forward our love, desire and inspiration for all things creative.

WELL – that is quite enough about me – ha!

Favorite Crafts

I don’t tend to do many crafts, but am an admirer of them, especially when someone comes up with something I’ve never seen before., like Vignette Boxes. Although I do sew – but mostly out of necessity.

Favorite Music

I love every kind of music, except Jazz,RnB and Rap. My favorite music artist are Adele (because I love a good ballad song and am happy she brought this full force back into the world of music), Passenger, James Blunt, Rusted Root, Snow Patrol, OneRepublic, Wild Nothing, Fleet Foxes, Trevor Hall, U2, Jewel, Walk Off The Earth, King of Leon – you get the idea – lots of alternative groups. And to go to sleep by – Liquid Mind – I love their ambient sounds!

For many years I played acoustic guitar in praise teams at church. Favorite Christian artists are Michael Card, Chris Rice, Fernando Ortega, Todd Agnew, Jeremy Camp, Colton Dixon – and who doesn’t love Michael W. Smith?!

Favorite Movies

Downton Abbey, Color Purple, Lord of the rings, Bridgerton – almost any English films – as it fascinates me of the differences from the United States

Favorite Television

This is Us – so sad it is ending! Good Doctor, American Idol, The Voice, PBS shows, Nature Channel, Science Channel

Favorite Books

Jodi Picolt as I love her style of writing, having reach chapter written from different characters perspective in their narrative. And I always learn lots about social subjects and moral dillemas, which I would not be able to understand as thoroughly if I had not read her books. Especially pertinent to the times now is “Small Great Things”.

Things I Like to Receive

Anything nature related – naturally – ha! See what I did there?!

Animals of all kinds – except, please not cute cats though – sorry.

Butterflies, hummingbirds, feathers, plants, mushrooms, birds, dragonflies.

Anything related to the above information I shared that I like: music, movies, books, crafts.

Things I Don’t Like

The color yellow and pink

Political stuff

Arrogant and opinionated people

Evil, gory and violent stuff

Loose glitter that can and DOES get everywhere.


Artteacherjen rated for Alphabet ATC - T (round #2) on Jun 5, 2023
Comment: Wow! This tree sketch is amazing!! Thank you for all of your hard work and heart!!
Response: You are so very welcome. Scratchboard is one of the things I LOVE to do. And trees are amazing - all different shapes and sizes and textures. So glad you loved it!
samsstuff rated for ABC USA ~ ATC ~ ABC on May 25, 2023
Comment: Thank you for the gorgeous ATC, it is one of my favorites!
Response: Oh that is marvelous!!!! A favorite from little ol' me - hehe. I do love doing alcohol ink flowers. They are so free and unique.
Comment: Thanks for this beautiful ACT and note card! I have done this technique a few times! This one and your note card are gorgeous! Stay safe and healthy! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Response: This was the first time I did a string pull technique - though I had wanted to do it for a very long time. Was a bit of trial and error before I got down how to do it properly. Happy you liked it. Enjoy the great outdoors :-)
Dan rated for Alphabet ATC - S (round #2) on May 6, 2023
Comment: Thank you so much for this soft ATC. Such a lovely, delicate idea
Response: So pleased you liked the scratchboard ATC. Sometimes I can't get enough of doing scratchboard.
Comment: This is a stunning atc and way nicer than how mine came out!! Thank you for a lovely swap and I hope you had fun making a mess:)
Response: Your response made me chuckle! And I am glad you liked the ATC and didn't see a mess. Hahaha!
Brightpinkpig rated for AAA: Sender's Choice March on Apr 12, 2023
Comment: What a beautiful ATC the feather is Sipo realistic. I love it. Thank you
Response: Awwwww shucks! Ha! I do love doing scratchboard - for me it is like drawing with a pencil.
Comment: Love it. Thank you ❣️
Response: Glad you loved it! Scratchboard is such fun to do.
alihagerart rated for ATC De-stash #1 on Apr 1, 2023
AmookIslandCreations rated for CPG: MOON ATC (global) on Mar 30, 2023
Comment: Thanks for this wonderful ATC! I will put it on my inspiration wall! There are swaps that specialize in a yearly word. I love the card too! Nature rules! Especially here in Alaska! Stay safe and healthy! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Response: For about 8-10 years I have chosen a word to live by all year. It has been a really beneficial and growing experience. So when I read you have a word this year, I knew I HAD to include that in the ATC for you. And you are right - nature rules!!!!
Comment: Marie, thank you for your very cool exploding purple flower which really pops from the black background. Looks like science fiction! You wrote that you are not going away but unfortunately... actually I am 😂. Check my profile for info. I have really enjoyed receiving your art and reading your wonderful comments. Thank you so much! If you don't mind, I might send you something in the future if I make something really cool because I know you would appreciate it. All the best!
Response: Joanne - thanks for the wonderful comments about my alcohol ink flower. They are so much fun to do because you never know exactly what you will get as a result. You are gonna be missed!!! I am sad that I won't be surprised when I get the mail and then open it and see what new fun thing you created. I hope we can definitely stay in touch - somehow.
Comment: Thanks for the atc ! This was my first time using this technique and it was a challenge.
Response: I TOTALLY agree with you. First time for me too. I made so many mistakes on my first attempt, which was unusable. But themnthe one I made for you came together nicely. Glad to have this swap behind me - ha!
Comment: Thanks for the great ATC! I think you made a very pretty ATC. I think it is perfect. Very pretty, indeed. Thank you for joining in on the swap. Have a fantastic day and happy swapping....
Response: Oh great!!! I am glad you liked it. Kind of intimidating making something I have never done and sending it to the "creator" of this idea - so to speak. Ha!
Pantlessrobot rated for ATC De-stash #1 on Mar 24, 2023
Comment: Thankyou for the beautiful ATCs, the envelope is also really pretty! Sorry it took me so long to rate, seems it got mis-sorted in our house’s incoming mail. 😅
Response: So pleased you enjoyed it all. Loved doing the heart with the gelatos. Can't quite get enough of them lately!!
colodad rated for USATC: Spring Flower ATC on Mar 20, 2023
Comment: Thank you for the great ATC. I have some alcohol inks but have done very little with them. I have put your ATC on my inspiration board. Your notecard is wonderful as well!
Response: Awesome!!! I am glad I can inspire you to get into using your alcohol inks more. That are so much fun and creates things you can't get any other way. Enjoy!
Begokschaf rated for OATC: Masterboard ATCs on Mar 16, 2023
Comment: Beautiful. Thank you
Response: You are welcome. So happy to be creative for you and send you something organic looking.
user6937 rated for MAS Paint Chip ATC on Mar 13, 2023
Comment: This took it's time - looks like it was returned to you for more postage; for something so light - grrrr, hate that! I do enjoy the work you did, thank you!
Response: You are right - it was returned for postage and it aggravated me until I realized it was my bad - because I forgot to put an international stamp on it. It just seems like Canada is our neighbor - not international. Hahaha! So I am glad you enjoyed the ATC - it was fun to do.
MissRich rated for Hearts ATC on Mar 13, 2023
Comment: You art is a treasure!! I love this ATC- Please let me know if you would ever be interested in a private swap! :)
Response: Awwwwww thank you!!! To be completely transparent - I almost kept this ATC because I loved the blue and green combination for the heart, as it's not the usual red heart design. But now I am so happy I sent it to you - it was meant for you :-) It's always an honor when someone would like to do private swaps! What kind of artwork do you do on ATCs? I wish we could attach photos somehow on Swapbot. Send me a message :-)
explore rated for Alphabet ATC - R (round #2) on Mar 12, 2023
Comment: Marie- wow, another wonderful scratchboard drawing!! Is it a raccoon? My daughter loves raccoons. I will show it to her tomorrow. The mini-drawing of bare tree by moonlight is also cool. Thank you so much. Happy spring!
Response: Yup the scratchboard is of a raccoon. Definitely your daughter will know - hehe. BUT I think I forgot to put the "R" on the ATC - darn it. I realized it right after I put it in the slotted mailbox and I couldn't get it back out. So sorry! Feel free to scratch in an "R". Glad you loved the notecard and envelope :-)
tristitia rated for OATC: Masterboard ATCs on Mar 12, 2023
Comment: I love this ATC - and thank you for including the media you used, now I'm going to have to go play :)
Response: Oh great! I love it when I can inspire another artist to experiment too. Yay!!!
Shuttlebug rated for AATC: Senders choice ATC on Mar 11, 2023
Comment: Thanks for the ATC and the notecard - both are beautiful!
Response: You are so very welcome. So happy you liked the scratchboard art.

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