Marie Spaeder Haas is an avid watercolorist who spent her early years in Erie, Pennsylvania. She started painting and drawing most likely with a tube of lipstick on the walls of her childhood home inspired by a creative family and teachers who encouraged her to pursue her fondness for pen, pencil, and brush, receiving her first set of watercolors when she was still a pre-teen. Her artistic endeavors continued in the background while she pursued an education and career teaching high school biology at St Francis High School in Clearfield PA and Villa Maria Academy in Erie. In 1984 she left the biology lab, and painted and drew her way through Europe for three months under the direction of her mentor and friend, Frederick Franck. This experience confirmed her resolve to explore her creative gifts in watercolor and drawing. She has also experimented with other aqueous media including acrylics in tactile art for nursing homes and children’s hospitals and silk dyes, but keeps coming back to watercolor. In recent years she has been experimenting with incorporating textile techniques into her watercolor work with fun and amazing results. While still in Erie, she conducted watercolor and drawing classes as Artist in Residence at Villa Maria College and Gannon University where she also managed the Sycamore Gallery displaying her own work and the work of area artists. One of her first solo exhibits was in 1981 in Gannon’s Schuster Gallery. In 1996 she left Erie for the mountains of Southern Appalachia where she resides with her husband, Frank, through the spring and summer while wintering in Bradenton FL.
Marie frequently exhibits her drawings and watercolors in solo, juried and invitational shows throughout the United States. She has signature membership in the Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society, the Tennessee Watercolor Society, and the Southern Appalachian Artists Guild (SAAG). Her work is found in private and corporate collections in the United Sates, Australia, Canada and Japan. She currently works out of her studios in Ocoee, TN and Bradenton FL. Her work is available at The Museum Center at Five Points in Cleveland TN; the Blue Ridge Mountain Arts Center, Blue Ridge GA; Glass Growers Gallery in Erie PA, as well as through this website, www.SpaederHaasGallery.com and her Facebook page www.facebook.com/SpaederHaasGallery.