Marie spent her first 15 years moving back and forth between a foster home and her birth mother. Lacking a rhythmic family structure, she picked up sewing, crocheting, and knitting at an early age, literally stitching her way through hard times. In the 70s and 80s she studied a wide range of traditional art media, concentrating in hand-colored photography and giving vision to memories from her childhood. She continued her studies and art practice while working as a fund development professional, transitioning to fiber art and completing private commissions for jewelry and clothing design. Returned to full-time art since 2006, Marie has combined the conceptual roots of her photographic images with the fiber and design skills first employed to mentally ground her childhood. Memories, life challenges, and the power to overcome inspire the themes of her recent mixed media sculptures, which have been selected for 35 juried exhibitions, four art books, and five awards.
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