Born in New York City, Marie grew up in a large family–one of nine, in Short Hills, NJ. She remembers being drawn to art and nature from an early age. After graduating from James Madison University with a degree in Early Childhood Education, she taught second grade until she and her husband moved to Gainesville, FL. While raising their two daughters, Marie combined her love of teaching children with her passion for creativity, and taught art at Gainesville Country Day School for the next 18 years. As their own children got older, she pursued her desire to paint, finding oils as her medium of choice.
In 2010, Marie and her husband relocated to the Tampa Bay area with their two dogs. After teaching in the classroom for three years, she missed teaching art. She left the traditional school setting and is now teaching children part-time at Old Hyde Park Art Center in Tampa, while devoting herself to her own art full-time.
Primarily self-taught, Marie continually refines her style and technique and enjoys learning from artists she admires and respects through occasional workshops and online. Her work is displayed and available for purchase at art shows and exhibits in Florida, as well as Island Gallery West on Anna Maria Island. Marie also accepts commission work, especially pet portraits.
“I paint whatever I’m drawn to…from landscapes, seascapes and architectural scenes, to still lifes and figurative subject matter. Still lifes of glass, crystal, and often silver for it’s reflective quality, combined with colorful fabrics, flowers, fruit and other objects, are favorite compositions for my recent work. Translating what I see with fresh, vibrant color…attempting to capture the effects of natural light in various settings is exciting. I hope to share that experience with the viewer. I love to combine nature with man-made materials. I feel that no matter how developed we become as a society, with all our technology and inventions, the elements of nature are timeless. Glass itself comes from nature, transformed many different ways…but without nature, it can not exist.” – Marie Rice