Swap-bot Time: March 22, 2023 3:54 pm


Date Joined: July 16, 2022
Last Online: March 21, 2023
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.


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!
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.
nomadmama rated for OATC: Masterboard ATCs on Mar 11, 2023
Comment: Love your ATC! It turned out lovely. The sparkle definitely adds a little extra
Response: Thanks! It was so hard to know which one to send, as they were all different, but still had the same feel. I love the evening glow and it kind of reminded me of that.
Trinket rated for HD/HP - Lets draw Dragons theme ATC on Mar 11, 2023
Comment: Lovely little dragon card, I love the style for doing white line work on a black background its a great picture. I can see how you used to design tempory tattoo's I would wear this one.
Response: So glad you liked it! It was like making a dragon with a more serious twist than your cute ones. Love your!!
YooperHill rated for USATC: Spring Flower ATC on Mar 10, 2023
Comment: I really like the ATC! TY.
Response: You are very welcome. The colors reminded me of Springtime daffodils. Sure will be nice to actually see them hopefully soon. But we just got more snow today soooo it will probably be awhile yet.
watercolorgirl rated for ATCE&T: Paint & string on Mar 10, 2023
Comment: Your ATC and matching envelope are lovely. I always keep your envelope along with the ATC. Always so pretty. Thank you.
Response: Thanks for your kind words. I always wonder if people keep the notecard and envelope as a separate piece of art. Now I know that at least you do :-) So glad you enjoy my artwork.
explore rated for USATC: Peace ATC on Mar 7, 2023
Comment: Marie, I could tell it is from you before I open the envelope even though your address is not on it because of the brown envelope and cute drawing on it (your unique style!). Thank you for the detailed and nicely adorned peace sign drawing. Happy spring!
Response: Hahahaha - yes I guess I do have a signature look don't I. Glad you liked the zentangleish peace sign. :-)
wolfeagle rated for HD/HP ATC- Fish on Mar 7, 2023
Comment: Love this fish. I'm honored to get your first. And I'm going to have to try the alcohol ink...I love the way it looks. Thank you.
Response: Every time I looked at it, it made me giggle. So glad you liked it enough to be encouraged to try alcohol ink. It is great fun. And I especially like the drama you can get using black paper. Of course you have to put down white ink first and then add the color after that. Good luck. Let me know if you have any questions.
Comment: Thanks for the cool ATC. I love receiving Halloween stuff all year round, haha
Response: Oh good!!!! I didn't think it was too much of a risk to to send a ghost in February, after reading your profile. Glad you appreciated it.
123Poggy123 rated for AATC: Craft paint & string on Mar 6, 2023
Comment: Your ATC came out wonderful. So beautiful & then to carry it onto the envelope pushed it over the top to the fantastic category swap.
Response: So very happy you liked the ATC so well. I have always wanted to do the string pull thing to make flower patterns. So you got to be my guinea pig - ha!
Jillemina rated for CPG ~ ATC of the Month Feb on Mar 6, 2023
Comment: OH MY GOODNESS! This ATC is amazing! I love it so much, in fact I put it right up on my bulletin board in my office! And the beautiful little notecard! LOVELY. Thank you so much for taking the time to make something so special for me.
Response: What a wonderful response! You have put a big smile on my face. When I did that corrugated cardboard technique for another swap, I am so glad I made extra pressings of it, so that I could make more - and make one for you :-)
thebragal rated for AK4public: Watercolor ATC-Swap on Mar 6, 2023
Comment: Very cool. Thank you
Response: You are welcome. Watercolor is so much fun. So much to explore and experience.
wolfeagle rated for USATC: Peace ATC on Mar 4, 2023
Comment: Love everything about this swap. Thank you so much. Beautiful.
Response: Oh thank you very much! It was a lot of fun being free to do whatever tangles I wanted. And bringing back the hippie influences from the 70's. hehe
Comment: Gorgeous starter set! I can't wait to get started on it!
Response: Yay!!!! For my first one, I wasn't sure if this is what is expected. Tried to keep it kind of wide open as to how artists could interpret the bubbles. Can't wait to eventually see a finished one come back to me.
Poeprincess rated for USATC: Peace ATC on Mar 3, 2023
Comment: How unique! Thank you for the lovely peace sign and for being my partner once again. I never tire of your art work!
Response: Thanks for the nice words! And it was pretty cool that we were actual "real" partners for this swap. hehe

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