Marie has earned her Master's from the Professional Photographers of America. She was among the first of 10 women photographers in Illinois to earn this accolade.

She has a formal education in fine arts, attending the Art institute of Fine Arts in Boston. She studied, form, lighting, and composition. Over thirty years ago, she turned that knowledge, and photographic ability into an impressive photography portrait studio business in the suburbs of Chicago. After operating the business for 20 years, and though three expansive moves, she sold it, and semi-retired to Michigan.

Her influences include photographic greats like Minor Whites, and Ansel Adams. In fact, one of her favorite quotes is from Minor White,

"Be still with yourself until the object of your attention affirms your presence." It is something she learned early on and to this day applies to every fine art image she captures.

Her Professional Alliances and Associations: Professional Photographers of America, and the Southwest Michigan Artists Association.

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