On one of my trips to the wineries in the North Georgia mountains, I had the pleasure of meeting an artist by the name of Marie Nease. I was instantly struck by her photography and how she was able to bring the vineyard to life on canvas.
I was so struck by her work, I had to introduce myself and find out more about this talented artist. Several weeks later I was able to interview her.
Marie Nease is an original Georgia peach. Marie grew up in Decatur, GA and had a happy, simple childhood. Marie is the proud mother of 4 grown boys.
1. How did you get started with your art?
Marie was a recruiter most of her working career, however, in 2009 she was laid off and could not find another job. Marie purchased a professional Nikon camera and began capturing images. Marie is basically self-taught only taking continuing education classes at Gwinnett Tech. Marie’s father and grandfather were both photographers. Photography is in her blood.
2. How did you select the name Wingdreamer?
Marie has a friend she met in 2000 at a house church. The friend, Cliff Trammel son of a former classmate. Marie is inspired by his outlook on life. Cliff is a very special person in Marie’s life. In 2004, on her birthday he read a story to her titled “Wingdreamer” which was about a butterfly and the struggles of metamorphoses. The story had a great impact on Marie hence the name Wingdreamer.
3. Why do you love vineyards?
Marie shared that vineyards are beautiful, magical, and are always in gorgeous places. Marie compares vineyards to what Jesus says that he is the vine and we are the branches.
4. What is your inspiration?
Marie feels her gift of photography is God given. Marie says that God inspires her and gave her the dream. Marie shared with me there is a metal container with birds where she keeps all of the things that inspire her.
5. What kind of wine do you enjoy?
A wine that is not too sweet and not too dry. Marie has three bottles of her favorite wine Rommbauer.
6. What do you want to see more in the world?
More inspiration and encouragement through photography and writing and more hope.
7. In one to two words describe yourself?
Creative Soul - I certainly agree with that :-)
8. What do you want readers to know most about your work?
Marie wants her work to encourage and inspire.
9. Where can people purchase your work?