Marie (Bouvet) Frederick was born in Deauville, Normandy, a region famous for French Impressionists Manet, Monet, Bonnard and later, Boudin. After studying pottery and engraving in Rouen she accepted a place at L'ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris. Her travels to Holland, Italy, Greece and Morroco were an important influence as she forged her own expressive style.
Marie came to the West Indies in 1984 falling in love with the raw beauty of Dominica, the garden of Eden. She married Clem, a man of the soil who is also an artist, working with wood and stone. Together with their son Isaiah, they have made their home and studio near the village of Bourne, creating a natural retreat carved out of a remote, forested mountainside.
Marie is a 'roots' artist. She specializes in pen and ink, water color, acrylic and oil pastels. She finds her inspiration in the rhythms of daily life in Dominica - the old shingled wodden houses, the rich blossoms, the birds and the rain forrest.