Color and creativity best describe Marie Renfro’s paintings in oil or water-media. A very versatile artist, Marie enjoys using various media to express her emotional response to a subject. An intuitive approach to painting helps her find compositions and subjects she might otherwise never consider.
Formal Training includes a Master of Fine Arts Degree from Texas Woman’s University in Denton, TX, with additional study in Switzerland, France, Holland, Italy, England and Russia.
Her work has been accepted in many area and international shows where it has won outstanding awards. She was the Plano Profile Artist of the Year in 2010 and recently won the Contemporary Watercolorists of Arizona Award in the Western Federation of Watercolor Societies as well as an Excellence Award in the Richardson Civic Art Society’s 48th Regional Juried Show. Her work has been published in Southwest Art Magazine and in books, “Translating the Prairie” and “Journeys to Abstraction, by Sue St. John.
Awards in competitions include The Windsor & Newton Merchandise Award Southwestern Watercolor Society 43rd Annual Members Exhibition 2006, Award, American Juried Art Salon National Show, 2006, Best of Show, Texas Visual Arts Assoc., Dallas TX, 1998, Richardson Civic Art Assoc.,1985, 1986, Western Federation of Watercolor Societies, 1992, 1998, 2014, NTAAL, Denton, TX, Grumbacher Silver Medal Award for Excellence, 1991. Her painting “Not Everything is Black & White, was accepted in the 96th International Exhibition of the National Watercolor Society and she was awarded signature membership in the Society. She had a solo show at the Art Centre of Plano in 2014 , and was included in a group show in 2019. Also she had a solo show at the Blue House Too Gallery in Allen, TX. In 2017
Her work is included In many collections (partial listing): Richardson Public Library, Richardson, TX., Texas Woman’s University, Denton, TX. Presbyterian Hospital of Plano, TX., Plano Profile, Plano, TX, Allen Public Library, Allen, TX.