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Marion Smith, a Bar Harbor watercolorist, finds the ever-changing beauty of Mount Desert Island and Acadia National Park a daily source of inspiration for her artistic expression. A close observer of nature, Marion appreciates its subtleties and interprets its excitement in her watercolors. Her landscape subjects, familiar to locals as well as visitors to MDI and Acadia National Park, are unique to the Down East area and the coast of Maine.

Before becoming a full-time watercolorist, Marion spent the majority of her career as a secondary school English teacher. While living in Bar Harbor, she also had the unique opportunity to teach art in the one-room schools on the Cranberry Islands for a period of three years. Educated at Bates College and the University of Vermont, she has challenged herself to expand as an artist by regularly attending watercolor workshops with nationally recognized artists such as Charles Reid, Tony Van Hasselt, Peter Spataro, and William Viscak. She credits their instruction with expanding her goals as an artist, learning new techniques, and always looking for a better way to express beauty through the medium of watercolor. For Marion, especially fond of painting outdoors en plein air, watercolor is alive and fascinating. Each time she paints, she marvels at the magic of watching paint, paper, and water meet and fuse to reflect the world she sees and hopes to share with others.

Marion maintains a private studio, Reef Point Watercolors, exhibits locally, and paints with several artist groups on the island.

Marion Smith
Marion Smith painting

Marion Smith painting
Marion Smith painting