Marie Natale started painting at the age of twelve encouraged by a teacher who recognized her early potential. Marie developed her talent through high school then went on to receive a Masters degree in Art Education from Rowan University. Thus, began a lifelong love affair with creativity and art, which has manifested in a variety of achievements.
An early advocate of art education for children of all ages, Marie taught in the public school system for ten years, and won the acclaimed “Teacher of the Year Award”.
Marie is also a businesswoman who founded Paw Togs/Enchanted Beginnings, a designer clothing line for infants and children. After successfully running this business for 10 years, Marie turned her attention to industrial design, creating gift products and plant containers distributed world wide via national chains such as Walmart, Lowes, K-mart and others.
Marie designed and painted covers for Exit Zero Magazine in Cape May, and Ocean City Magazine in Ocean City, both located in NJ. Her work is published in “Splash 14- Best in Watercolor 2013, and in Splash 17 through North Light Books.
A Signature Member of the Noyes Museum in Galloway, Marie has been exhibited in and captured many awards for her watercolors both locally and on the National level. Marie was awarded the Gold Medal of Honor in Aquamedia by Audubon Artists Inc.in 2013.
Marie currently teaches watercolor privately at her home studio as well as at the Ocean City Art Center in Ocean City, in Gloucester County, Cape May and at community centers and art guilds throughout the East Coast and abroad. Sharing knowledge of art theory and design as well as techniques in this exciting medium brings Marie full circle to her early training with a Master Degree in Art Education.
A signature member of both NJWCS and Philadelphia WCS, Marie Natale is an award winning and highly recognized artist who says her goal in life is to use her talents to make the world a brighter place while she continues to share with others the joy that art has brought into her life.
Marie works in her studio at home in New Jersey.