Primarily a still life painter, Marie Bender also enjoys landscape painting, particularly working en plein air. She finds being out in nature to be both restorative and inspiring. Through her paintings, she seeks to share the splendor and the joy that is all around each of us; to query the familiar, explore the magic, enjoy the occasional bit of whimsy and to celebrate the everyday, every day.
With an immense passion for art, Marie began drawing and painting at an early age using the natural landscape that surrounded her family’s home in a rustic suburb of Philadelphia.
She attended Tyler School of Art at Temple University where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts and continued to refine and share her artistic talent through advanced classes and various workshops. Marie also studied artistic anatomy for two years at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.
One of seven children, Marie often used her siblings and surroundings as subjects, quickly learning the benefits of artistic and client collaboration. She established a weekly artist’s circle where artists come together to work with a live model and share insights, techniques, ideas and inspiration.
Trained to work in various mediums, including egg tempera and gouache, Marie now works predominantly in oils.