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Date Joined: July 16, 2022
Last Online: December 7, 2022
Birthday: July 13, 1954
Country: United States
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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.


Pandagirl805 rated for HD/HP ATC - Winter Bird on Dec 7, 2022
Comment: thank you for the Winter bird ATC it is so cute! and thank you for the specials note card
vigdisblom rated for Hope on Dec 5, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the lovely card, bookmark, envelope and letter. Yours is on the way - my kid had strep and despises medication.
Response: You are very welcome! I am happy you liked the feather art :-)
Atelierdejacinte rated for Intl: Holiday Card + ATC on Dec 5, 2022
Comment: Oh my, Marie! You make beautiful art! I love your little watercolor & acrylic ATC. Also the decorations on the card + the envelope were 'magnifique'. Maybe we could do a larger swap sometime, like a happy mail? Take a look at my insta account for the things that I make: @atelierdejacinte. And if you're interested please let me know :)
Response: Thanks for the wonderful comments. So happy you liked my artwork. I sure have fun creating it. Thanks for asking me to participate in doing something larger, but I would rather stick with ATCs as I have a binder that I put them all in. I did checkout your insta account and my my you do some very nice work. I especially like the ones that you do a series, with the same consistent color, like the blue ones where there is a white rabbit on several of them. Keep up the good work :-)
Comment: What a gorgeous card!! Thank you and happy holidays!
Response: Thanks for the good words. It was sure fun making it "wonky". Merry Christmas!
addieixmarie rated for USA: Holiday Card + ATC on Nov 29, 2022
Comment: Marie, WOW!! I love everything about this swap that you sent me! I ADORE the card that you made and sent everything in! I also just adore the ATC that you made as well:) Everything is truly so gorgeous! I love the Mandala dot work that you do, you are so talented! I am so very excited to add your gorgeous ATC into my collection and to display your lovely card as well!! Thank you so so much for everything. I am truly so grateful and appreciative that you have shared your art with me<3<3 Have a Merry Christmas!!
Response: It sounds like I did the right things - hahaha! This is the first time ever making my own Christmas card and envelope. I was surprised at how much white just jumps off that burgundy paper. I will definitely be doing that again! Thanks for the generous compliments :-)
Comment: Wow!! I LOVE your art!! The mushrooms are just beautiful and mystical!!! I have a fairy selection on my desk. These mushrooms will fit right in! You are a great artist!! Thank you!!
Response: Ohhhhh the ATC and notecard and envelope will be a wonderful backdrop for your fairies. Your words make me blush - thanks for being so kind.
explore rated for CPG ~ ATC of the Month ~ Nov ~ USA on Nov 29, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful maple leaves ATC and the fun envie decorated with hand-drawn bread. Love them all! Happy November!
Response: I had fun being silly on the envelop and notecard - hehe. Glad you enjoyed it and the maple leaves. I just love doing negative painting.
Comment: Thank you so much for the beautiful hand drawn ornament ATCs! I love them! And the card is so pretty. Mele Kalikimaka!
Response: You are so very welcome. Having an ornament in the snow and being sent to Hawaii - I hope it doesn't melt - hehe! Merry Christmas to you as well.
NowherefromDraco rated for The wolf ATC swap on Nov 28, 2022
Comment: Thank you dor nice wolf card😍
Response: You are so very welcome. Not sure if you have wolves in Korea - hmmmm?
JKartstuff rated for USA: Holiday Card + ATC on Nov 28, 2022
Comment: I can't believe we live so close! We should have coffee sometime! Also, I love your whimsical drawings and the ornament ATC, thank you ❤️
Response: It is SHOCKING that you live right here in Muskegon too! We definitely have to make plans to meet up and visit. And I'm glad you enjoyed the fun things I made for you. Hoped your children would get a kick out of the envelope.
spacefoxsupreme rated for ATC int #26 - Winter on Nov 28, 2022
Comment: Ohh what a beautiful ornament! Thank you! And also thanks for the matching notecard and envelope!
Response: Oh thank you so much for the good words. So glad you liked it. I have begun to make the actual ornaments for my family, with the mandala dots on them. Having LOTS of fun with it!
Comment: Just lovely!! Thank you so much - the colors are so delicate!!
Response: I tried using colors that you said you liked - mostly - ha! Glad you like my fun and crazy design.
Comment: Your beautiful ATC arrived this morning (the British postal strikes are slowing everything down) and I absolutely love it. Thank you so much for making it for me -- I'm delighted to add it to my collection.
Response: So glad you like the Mockingbird I drew for you. Do you have Mockingbirds in UK? I just love their song!
YooperHill rated for AMA: Sender's Choice -Nov on Nov 23, 2022
Comment: I love everything about the swap you sent. Yes, Marquette is near & dear to my heart & of course, Superior. Thank you!! Happy Thanksgiving.
Response: Ohhhh so glad you liked it all. "Michigan girls" :-)
mchesser12 rated for OATCs: Inspirational Word on Nov 23, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful nature themed ATC. I do not take enough time to enjoy the outside and the details provided by God.
Response: It was fun creating it for you. Maybe I "inspired" you to pay closer attention to all those details going forward :-)
Chickaree rated for ATC-explore a cave on Nov 22, 2022
Comment: Hello :-) Thank you so much for the watercolor Grizzly Bear Scare ATC. It is absolutely gorgeous! I am so excited to receive your faux washi!!! The colors are beautiful and I can't wait to use them in my journal! Happy Thanksgiving :-)
Response: The Grizzly Bear was so much more fun for me to create than a lantern, which is what first came to mind - ha! It was soooo much fun making my own faux washi tape - thanks to you!! I plan to do some more too, using metallic alcohol inks. Wish me luck.
Comment: Thank you for the ATCs and the stories behind each of them. Hope we meet again in a swap.
Response: You are most welcome! Maybe next time I will be on the receiving of something from Singapore - that would be special.
Sonya rated for ATC int #26 - Winter on Nov 18, 2022
Comment: Wow, Marie! Your card was a "smashed" hit with me! I absolutely love it. Such a unique take on Winter. The card was precious too. Thanks so much.
Response: Nice play on words!!! I am so pleased you liked my creative way to achieve texture. :-)
Poeprincess rated for HD/HP Things with Wings - US on Nov 15, 2022
Comment: Seeing your beautiful artwork on the envelope in the mailbox, I can’t wait to open it and see what you sent. I am never disappointed! Love the colors. Thank you for the cute little sanderling & for being my partner.
Response: Oh that's sweet of you to get excited by just seeing the envelope. Secretly, I hope for that response - shhhhh - don't tell anybody. hehe
Nehalennia rated for ATC's Birds and stamps 2x2 on Nov 13, 2022
Comment: Thank you so much for your gorgeous bird ATC's. I love what you created and also love the beautiful notecard you've painted. It will get a special place in one of my future journals <3
Response: I did have fun coming up with a fun way to have the whole ATC be the bird from the stamp. So happy you find them so special :-)

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