For more than a decade, Marie has been studying the secrets of wildflowers that bloom around Northern Michigan. From the first flush of bloodroot to the final triumph of asters, she produces extensive on-site studies and sketches which form the basis of an imagery she then works with in the studio. In the winter, when the plants are dormant, she, too, gathers her resources and settles in to create larger, more complex paintings that strive to balance freshness and vitality with a sense of simplicity and serenity.
Now, after years of botanical introspection, other aspects of the natural world have found their way into her work including, most notably, birds as well as landscapes and waterscapes.
As a prolific, self-taught artist from rural Quebec with a degree in architecture, she has been working with transparent watercolours and traditional techniques. More recently, she has turned to opaque watercolours and various substrates to convey new ideas and new impressions.
As an expression of her belief in the process of art and the value of craft and work, she has made a commitment to sell only original works of art. The painting in hand honours the individuality of every living thing and is the ultimate expression of all the paintings that preceeded it. In the end, it is about joy.
Recently, she was selected for inclusion in the upcoming book Splash 16: Exploring Texture featuring some of America's best watercolorists (available June 2015). She is represented exclusively by Bier Art Gallery in Charlevoix and shows throughout the Midwest in the summer.
A portfolio of her work Marie Lamothe: Biophilia 2015 is available on Amazon.com.
Show Schedule Summer 2015
May 16-7 Broad Ripple Art Fair, Indianapolis, IN
Jun 5-6 Kalamazoo Institute of Arts Fair, MI
July 4 Harbor Springs, MI
July 11 Artist's Market, Leland, MI
July 18 Art in the Park, Petoskey, MI
Aug 1-2 Art Festival, Suttons Bay, MI
Aug 8 Les Cheneaux Festival of Arts, Hessel, MI
Sep 12-3 Wausau, WI
Sep 26-7 Art in the Barn, Barrington, IL