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Marie Cummings was born in Detroit, Michigan. There she studied psychology and business at Wayne State University. She moved to Clearwater, Florida with her three daughters, where she embarked on a career as a Realtor. When her last daughter entered college, Marie decided to seek a new direction in her life: she wanted to explore the world of visual art. While studying Experimental Watermedia at the Dunedin Fine Arts Center (Dunedin, Florida), she also ventured into Creative Writing at St. Petersburg College (St. Petersburg, Florida). This dual experience served as a launching pad for a serious embrace of fine art from an outside-the-box viewpoint.
Since that time, Marie has focused on the creative potential of Watermedia. She finds deep, rich, bold hues intensely exciting. Marie thinks of her palette, brushes and paper as tools for play. Water and paint dance together in her studio, making forms that spark the imagination and speak to the heart. Her work is a form of meditation, an expression of her soul.
Marie recently taught Experimental Watermedia at the Dunedin Fine Arts Center—the same course that first inspired her to take the leap into the world of art. She also enjoys teaching beginning watercolor classes for adults who are beginning to dip their toes in the wellspring of their own creative resources. She takes a relaxed yet encouraging approach to instruction, giving her students the time, space and gentle guidance necessary to grow as artists.
Marie’s award-winning works have been exhibited at the Dunedin Fine Arts Center, Florida Watercolor Society Shows, Cornell Museum, (Delray Beach, FL) International Society of Acrylic Painters, Experimental Artists of Alabama, Watermedia 2003, (Houston, TX) and Watercolor USA 2005, Springfield, MO,
Marie is a signature member of the Florida Watercolor Society, the National Association of Women Artists, (New York, NY) International Society of Acrylic Painters, the International Society of Experimental Artists, Tallahassee Watercolor Society and Watercolor USA Honor Society. Her works are in several major collections including the City of Clearwater, FL the Federal Reserve Bank (Jacksonville, Florida) and the Springfield Art Museum, Springfield, MO.