Marie has always enjoyed drawing and after completing formal training in Art and Design she began drawing animals and discovered that the key to her inspiration was drawing something she loved. She currently works part-time at an embroidery company in Nottingham, and draws as often as she can, but apparently "...not as often as I would like!"
Building a portfolio and being selected for various exhibitions over the past few years has allowed her to show work to a wider audience, while also being a very welcome development to her art career. On several occasions Marie has been shortlisted, and sold work, at the David Shepherd Foundation Wildlife Artist of the Year Art Competition.
Marie describes her methodology: “I spend many hours on individual pieces and my drawings usually take 20-50 hours to complete. Using only graphite pencil I pay great attention to detail, and ensure every aspect is drawn with care and thought towards the finished piece. I use clutch pencils in various grades, tortillons for blending and subtle shading. I also use tools to ‘erase’ into my drawing in order to create texture and apply the fine detail required for fur or hair. I work from photographs, and much of my work has been from visits to Zoo’s using my own reference material. Photography and Wildlife programs are also a major source of my inspiration. I am always keen to portray animals in their natural environment.”