Mari is an artist and illustrator specializing in gouache, pastel and acrylic paintings. Rich in color and metaphor, her narrative work celebrates life, love, friends and family in all their various modern forms. Adventures with her children, memories, dreams, fables, and the occasional song lyric, inspire her to spend each day painting. Mari has illustrated two children's books and is currently working on a third book which she is also writing.
Born and raised in Alaska, Mari now lives with her husband and two children on a quiet pond in Maine. Her work can be found online and in personal collections across the United States.
A favorite quote of Mari's is attributed to Marc Chagall and hangs prominently in her studio: “If I create from the heart, almost everything works; if from the head, almost nothing.”