Marie is a digital artist, illustrator, daydreamer, passionate storyteller, and book lover with an addiction for tea. She lives and works in Sweden and Germany, oscillating between Stockholm’s rich, creative spirit and the pleasant boredom of her hometown in North-Rhine Westphalia, Germany.
In her art, Marie follows the call of the wild, taking you with her to explore enchanted forests, swaying fields, and secret places in the heart of nature. Inspiration comes to her on soft paws ‒ in the shape of a shy wolf, a brisk squirrel or a swift fox. Her illustrations show her fascination with wildlife, and through mesmerizing use of light and color, they radiate an atmosphere which transcends beyond the mere viewing experience onto a rich emotional plane.
Marie’s self-portraits emanate a thirst for adventure, showing huntresses with tribal paint on their faces and feathers entangled in their hair. It’s not a surprise that she chose to call her business Company of Wolves, as wolves have always been her favorite animal.
Driven by a strong interest in art and storytelling, Marie decided to study language and literature, graduating with a B.A. and complemented these studies with a degree in art. Her studies provided her with the playground she needed to explore creative means to express herself. Her curiosity and a liking for the unexpected led to her art project ‘Soldiers. Sights/Sides,’ in which she followed the everyday routines of British Soldiers based in Germany, whilst documenting her observations in artistic ways. The project claimed critical attention and was awarded with the Käthe Sander Wietfeld Award for Young Art.
An academic background in art provides Marie with a broad spectrum of styles performed with different types of media. Her former exhibitions featured oil and acrylic paintings, oil pastel drawings, artistic installations as well as photography. Working as an assistant researcher and holding guest lectures allowed her to focus on the close analysis of visual art. Although Marie enjoys teaching, she followed her heart’s desire to work as an illustrator, focusing on subjects which are close to her. She started Company of Wolves and dove into the world of tales and stories, color and light, and the magic of the moment.
Marie finds inspiration in Sweden’s enchanting forests filled with rich wildlife and feels at home in the company of all kinds of fury and feathery beings. Her images capture sound, scent, and feelings of what surrounds her: The golden light and heavy air of a warm summer day; the relief of a refreshing summer rain; the smell of wet grass and foliage; the beautiful light refracted by the rain; beaming sunlight with tiny dust particles, and dandelion seeds floating in the air.
Marie’s illustrations are featured in well-known and international art magazines such as ImagineFX, and she writes articles about the aesthetic and visual component of video games for established German art-educational magazines. She is skilled in creating final artwork for book illustrations, advertising campaigns, and general concept art for apps, games, and films.
When Marie isn’t working, you can find her reading a good book (she’s a George R.R. Martin addict), diving into a video game with her boyfriend, playing with a bunch of squirrels, or sitting next to a lake in the solitude of Sweden’s countryside.
A Modern Day Snow White
Marie is the illustrator for a forthcoming illustrated chapter-book series, created by Luke Matthews written with co-authors LK Griffie, Olivia Claire, and Jared Cross exploring the social issues, as well as physical and emotional challenges, encountered by children today. Each book has a child facing a problem and an endangered animal friend appears who helps them resolve or adapt to their problem.
Book One, Timmy and the Golden Lion Tamarin, introduces eight-year-old Timmy Hawkins, new to the town of Angels Harbor, missing his friends from his old school and feeling like an outcast. The school bully makes Timmy’s life unbearable until he is able to face the bully down with the help of his new-found friend, Rin. Timmy and Rin are active throughout the series, helping each new friend successfully resolve their issue.
Book Two, A CinderElla Tail, continues the series with Timmy’s best friend, Allison. Timmy notices that Allison seems to be having a tough time and she confesses that she’s finding life at home difficult. Since her mother was killed in a car accident, and her dad remarried, she has two step-sisters who like nothing better than to make her life miserable.
Timmy and Rin help Allison with her situation. Allison finds a baby Madame Berthe’s mouse lemur hiding in the magnolia trees and she suddenly has an ally at home. Ella, named after Allison’s favorite fairy tale, helps Allison open her heart and brings the family together.