Artist Marie-Thérèse Brown, a native Californian, studied art at San Diego Mesa College, San Diego State University, the University of Florida and the University of the Americas near Mexico City. She taught art for many years, first in Central America, and most recently in Dixon, California. While teaching she inspired her students by producing and exhibiting her own art. She was the art mentor in her district, and taught art at the California Arts Project’s summer institutes for teachers. In 2003, she retired from teaching to paint full time, and later that year had her first one-person show at the Artery in Davis with 50 plein air paintings.
Marie paints in the delta and foothills of the Sacramento Valley and throughout California, especially in Santa Barbara where her two daughters live She has also painted in Jamaica, France, Ireland, and Mexico.
“I love the sport of plein air painting – pairing down my equipment, dressing for the weather, finding a good location, and getting set up. I work quickly to capture the essence of a place and to create a foundation for the rest of the painting. Once the shadows are established and the darkest darks and the lightest lights are indicated, I start with a focal point and build around it. I mix and blend intuitively to express the myriad shades of green and gold of the landscape. Being in the moment with nature and painting is the greatest of pleasures. Wherever I go I take my paints.”
Her painting, Roolie, was inspired by her neighbor’s rescue dog, who was given a second chance and now lives a king’s life!