Marie has a remarkable talent for observation and a technical facility for drawing. These coupled with her ability to immerse herself in dedicated hard work, determined the road she was to follow, away from the medical pursuits of her family into the world of art.
She was born on 7 May 1954 in Pretoria, South Africa. After completing her school career with a distinction in art she went on to acquire a B.A. Fine Art at the University of South Africa with a distinction in painting.
She also completed a course in portraiture at the Royal Academy in London in 1976. Marie studied under tutors like George Israels and Kingsley Sutton.
Today, she is a highly successful artist whose work is in constant demand. Her work is represented in many private and corporate collections here, in Britain, Europe and the United States of America.
She succeeds in capturing the romance and poetry, light and shadow, the tenderness and vulnerability of youth in her portraits of young people and children, but can also render with accuracy and incisiveness.
She did portraits of prominent figure in commercial, political and educational arenas.