When did you realize that you were an artist?

I first realized I was an artist at a very young age. I always loved colour and saw the world through a kaleidoscope lens. I can remember as a young child I had huge chalkboard and I would draw the insides of elaborate doll houses. I was inspired by a doll house my father built me. I created very large complex houses with lots of rooms and furniture using all the chalk colours I had. I used to spend hours at it only to erase it all at the end of the day.

Do you have a particular story you’d love to share?

When I was in elementary school I remember once in grade 2 winning a prize for a drawing I did of a plant. Our Friday afternoon art activity was for the class to copy the plant on the teacher’s desk! We all had to do the same thing. Anyways, my plant drawing won the prize, an Oh Henry chocolate bar!!! I was so thrilled, never forgot that. As I grew up I used to create with my father. We would create stained glass church windows out of tissue paper for Christmas on our living room window. And then in university took courses and many other classes along the way. I always loved anything to do with art. Experience with and growing confidence in the process.

Tell us about your artistic career?

I started sculpting and painting seriously when I retired. I can’t say I have had too many struggles with my art process as my art and process are my escapism. I think that because I don’t take myself too seriously that it just flows quite freely for me.

To learn more, please visit Marie Harel’s ARTDEX Profile.

“I would characterize my style as very exploratory and free play! I love to try all kinds of different mediums from clay to paint, to mixed media, you name it. It’s really hard for me to create a series, not that I can’t, but I just am always thinking ahead and on to something new that I want to try, invent, create and explore! I spend a fortune on art supplies but I have so much fun! It is my passion and I can spend 8 to 10 hours straight just playing in my studio. I am motivated by an inner passion that is stronger than me. It’s hard to explain. It’s all I want to do! I’m just at my happiest when I’m creating. “

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