About Marie

Marie Brown Artist Studio

Growing up, I think I was fairly good at art, and it seemed to be the thing i excelled at in school. So, naturally I pursued Art through college and I went on to study an Art & Design Foundation Course, intended to lead onto University.  Drawing is what I enjoyed above everything else, and it was suggested by my tutor that I consider a Fine Art or Drawing Degree.  Perhaps, I should have taken that advice, but I could not see a career ahead of me ‘just drawing!’  

I decided to take my chances in the big wide world, hoping to find a job within the creative industry.  I had a brief spell in graphic design, but I finally settled in a job working as an ‘Embroidery Digitizer.’  Fortunately, this is similar to drawing, but on a computer!  When it was required, I leapt at the chance to create the animal embroideries. Instead of pencil strokes, stitches are used to replicate fur, right up my street! 

My love of art and animals came together.

After some years I picked up the pencil again, and taking inspiration from my love of animals, I realised my potential was linked to drawing what I was passionate about.  I practiced drawing in my spare time, with a new found ambition to become an Animal Artist! Fast forward a few more years and I was drawing commissioned pieces and selling prints of my work!  Eventually what started out as a hobby became a side business alongside my embroidery job.  

Since then i’ve had two lovely children so my Art was something I just fitted in around work and family life. It was my long term goal to pursue Art professionally, and in 2020 I was finally able to commit to my Art full time.  I feel incredibly lucky to have turned my hobby into my profession.

swan drawing
Artist stand at Patchings Art Fesitval

Exhibitions & Awards

My art has been exhibited at various galleries in the UK. I have been a runner up in the BBC Wildlife Artist of the Year competition, as well as a 4 times finalist in the prestigious David Shepherd ‘Wildlife Artist of the Year’ competition, at the Mall Galleries in London. 2008 | 2010 | 2011 | 2018

It was pencil that captured my love of art, but more recently I ventured into the wonderful world of colour.  I like to experiment with different media and styles alongside my pencil work, I enjoy using watercolour & pastels.  This keeps my work fresh and keeps me excited about the art I create.  I never stop learning and I always enjoy discovering new ways to make beautiful art.

Cat painting

It was pencil that captured my love of art, but more recently I ventured into the wonderful world of colour!  I like to use different media and styles alongside my pencil work, I enjoy using watercolour, pastels.  This keeps my work fresh and it keeps me excited about the art I create.  

I never stop learning and I always enjoy discovering new ways to make beautiful art.

painting a hare in watercolour

It was pencil that captured my love of art, but more recently I ventured into the wonderful world of colour!

I like to use different media and styles alongside my pencil work, I enjoy using watercolour & pastels.  This keeps my work fresh and keeps me excited about the art I create.  I never stop learning and I always enjoy discovering new ways to make beautiful art.

painting a hare in watercolour

As well as drawing & painting, I love taking photo’s, especially when walking in the countryside, enjoying the beauty of nature.