Native Vermonter, Marie Jewell, has lived in Chittenden County all her life. She was introduced to oil painting at the age of 10 by her best friend's mom who shared oil paints and Walter Foster art instruction books with her. Marie is mostly self taught, but has taken classes in drawing at UVM, and has painted with Eric Tobin as well as taking a few lessons from Mark Boedges, Lillian Kennedy, and others. Marie is a visual person who has worked as a mechanical designer while keeping a hobbyist's interest in painting. Since retiring she is able to spend more time painting, with an eye on exhibiting more.
Marie oil paints in a direct style with limited use of additional mediums. Her interest is in how light is expressed with paint that allows the viewer to experience the beauty of the chosen subject. Her inspiration comes from the local landscape where she spent her youth exploring the natural world and the neighborhoods around her home. Artists she admires and is inspired by are Eric Tobin, Mark Boedges, Richard Schmidt, Scott Christensen, Robert Bateman, and many others.
Marie has participated in the Jericho Plein Air Festival since it started and sold her first painting there. Exhibiting in the community room at the Brownell Library during July of 2016 will be her first single artist exhibit.