She Who Knows
"I have been a collector of Marie Howell's art for several years. During that time, I have welcomed into my home select pieces of her exquisite work. Each piece brings such originality and also evokes the spirit of the divine. Each piece also possesses a warm, positive energy. The detail in Marie's art is one reason I am drawn to it. Whether it be a large painting or a smaller mosaic, attention to detail prevails. The ability she has with tone and color shows the treasures of a gifted artist.
I would highly recommend Marie Howell's artwork.
I look forward to collecting more of her art."
Karen Stewart Elliott
I believe paintbrushes and even screwdrivers are microphones that give voice to the images that emerge on a canvas or assemblage I create. I find my art to be quite vocal when I listen in the silence to its message. I've witnessed the possibilities that spring to life, not only in my work but in me when I honor the invitation to open and connect to the creative process.
I begin by being present to my materials and asking for the essence and form of the art to reveal itself through me. I write a dedication or prayer on each canvas or assemblage foundation, blessing it and inviting it to do its work in the world. Although I start with a loose "plan," I allow the flow and energy of each piece to appear, becoming what it is meant to be in the way it is meant to evolve. I love to watch a work of art come to life! It's amazing when "she"appears although when I do eventually see her, I always recognize her Presence. And I feel recognized by her as well.
I incorporate a healing quality in my work, and a peek into my creativity medicine bag reveals not only paint, but rhinestones, adhesives, drills, bolts, vintage jewelry, and a plethora of unexpected "parts" that add to the whole of my work. One of the most enjoyable aspects of my work is adding surprise objects or embellishments to my paintings and assemblages. This requires constant treasure-hunting for the unexpected find to be re-purposed into its new life as art.
There is currently an awakening to the wisdom and presence of the Divine Mother and Mother Earth and my intention is that my art supports this awareness. My images give a visual voice to the beauty, grace and experience of being female while inviting men to access their own connection to the feminine.
I envision my art as a tapestry of different spiritual and cultural traditions blended together in the heart. These works are symbols of the unity we share, past and present, men and women. They are an altar on which the sacred co-exists with the ordinary. They are me and they are you. As you look into the eyes of these paintings, my desire is for you to feel seen and heard as well.