Born Marie Rondeau in
Cable, Wisconsin in 1931, I am a multi-media artist who creates
from the heart. My works are primarily in oil, acrylics,
watercolor, pen & ink and mixed media, all with my unique style and
Growing up during
the depths of the Great Depression in a rural, isolated area, I was
surrounded by the natural beauty of flora, fauna, and water. At a very
early age, my sister and I painted, cut out, and drew in wall paper
sample books provided by our Uncle Tom Rondeau’s General Store.
I taught myself how to do watercolor by painting from a tattered copy of
the Audubon Bird Book. Life's many wonders and nature's beauty
drive my desire to create.
I am a disabled
Air Force veteran. After my military service, I attended Iowa
State University on the G.I. Bill studying interior design. Years
later, I attended the University of Wisconsin, studying studio arts and
then the University of Minnesota, where I was accepted into the school
of design by jury. After raising a family and brokering real estate for
some 30 years, I have returned full-time to my first love, art, and live
in Herbster, Wisconsin, where I have my studio: "Bark
Point Studio and Gallery.”
I show my work privately by appointment only.
I am a member of
the Chequamegon Bay Arts Council and have shown my work in a one-artist
Decades of Fine Art: Marie Findlay's Journey In the Life of An Artist,”
at the Washburn Historical
Museum and Cultural Arts Center. This unique facility provides a
wonderful space for the arts and I became Treasurer of the Museum Board.
During the summer
months, I have conducted Bark Point Studio Workshops on the scenic south
shore of Lake Superior. We meet on the beach and in the nearby
Historic Community Center in Herbster, Wisconsin. These workshops
involve creativity in self-expression, color, design, and materials
using various painting media and with unique sculptural adaptations.
Looking back over
the decades, my life truly has been a journey; one of joy, sorrow,
hope and fulfillment.
As a child, my family
was poor and could barely afford shoes. An automobile accident left me
severely injured in my twenties. In my thirties, my young family was
devastated by the early death of my husband. My only daughter, still in
grade school, died a couple of years later. A life threatening bout
with Guillian-Barre' Syndrome left me completely paralyzed for months in
With these trials
and tribulations, there has also been some success and progress that
came from perseverance, love, and hard work. Now, in the twilight
of my life, I very much appreciate life, people, creativity, and
expression. Artist, student, teacher, businesswoman, auctioneer,
designer, candidate, veteran, volunteer, parent -- all of these
experiences have helped me live, learn, and create.