Marie Gingerich has been interested in art since she was a child, but waited until she was fifty years old before doing something about it. In 1989, 1991, and 1992 she took studio courses at the University of Waterloo. She has also taken workshops with Barry McCarthy and Victoria Shannon.
Marie started painting with oils, then moved to acrylics, and since 1995 has been working in watercolours. Her present passion is still life and flower paintings, which are an extension of her strong interest in horticulture.
She has created several commissioned pieces and in 1997 and 1998 her paintings were accepted into the Kitchener-Waterloo Society of Artists Annual Juried Show. In the winter of 1998 she taught her first water colour class and has been teaching ever since.
Marie’s plans for the future are to express her Christian faith through the use of symbols and colour. As an expression of this she wrote and illustrated her first children’s book, The Wonderful Tree, which was self published in August of 2004.
Marie not only enjoys the creative process, but when not creating feels that something is missing in her life. She gets excited when she watches the application of paint transform a blank sheet of paper or canvas into a beautiful painting. She can make a statement, tell a story, or simply delight the viewer with beauty. For her, creativity is synonymous with fulfillment.
The inspiration for the series she is currently working on comes from her times of worship and meditation. She hopes to portray God’s presence in our daily lives.
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