portrait of the artist

Marie Spaeder Haas is an avid watercolorist, originally from Erie PA, who now enjoys a home and studio in Ocoee TN.  Though her academic training was in biology, and teaching was her early career, interest in painting and drawing were very important from an early age.  She has been actively doing her art since 1979.

“I am painting and drawing images all the time, either in my head or with a brush or pen or pencil  in hand.  I am always considering colors, textures, shapes and forms.  I feel especially fortunate to be able to look at this beautiful creation around me and experience it as a biologist and as an artist at the same time.  It energizes and inspires and challenges me.  I enjoy experimenting with alternative surfaces for my watercolors and incorporating techniques usually associated with fabrics.  Creating my art has been an amazing journey and it’s not done yet!”

Marie has had many solo exhibits throughout the United States, and has also participated in many group and juried shows.   Her work is found in private and corporate collections in the United States, Australia, Canada and Japan. The award-winning artist has acquired signature membership in the Tennessee Watercolor Society, the Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society and the Southern Appalachia Artists Guild.  


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