About the Sculptor

Mardie Rees is an award-winning figurative sculptor. An artist steeped in tradition, she uses handcrafted wooden tools to shape clay into living beings cast in bronze. Her work calls attention to the human form and core emotions. A mix of classical practice and contemporary craft makes her art come alive. Mardie lives in Gig Harbor, Washington, with her husband and two children.

Biography

Mardie grew up in a family of fine craftspeople, builders and artists. When she was a teenager, her family moved to Ecuador for three years. It was a catalyst for her artistic development. While there, she explored her growing relationship with art in a variety of ways. She produced oil and acrylic paintings, experimented with sculpture, and joined a team that painted twenty murals throughout the country. 

Returning to the U.S., she honed her skills while attending Laguna College of Art and Design. The depth of expression possible in representative, figurative sculpture, took hold of Mardie. She graduated with honors as a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2003.

Since that time, Mardie has created life-size bronze sculptures for grand memorials and public spaces, as well as intimate pieces for private families. She sculpts by hand, crafts from live models, and casts in bronze using the time-honored lost-wax method. She’s won accolades for her commissioned work and for her personal projects, which explore fundamentally human themes such as womanhood, faith, youth, struggle and hope.

In 2013, Mardie received an award for Exceptional Merit from the Portrait Society of America International Competition & Exhibition. From the same organization she received a First Honor award in 2010. She was a finalist in sculpture from the Art Renewal Center’s International Salon Competition in 2014, 2013 and 2010. Mardie was a Gold Medal of Honor winner in 2010 from the Allied Artists of America. A full list of her awards to date can be found here .

Mardie lives and works in Gig Harbor, Washington, with her husband and two children.

Visit Mardie’s Commissions page to learn more about developing new works.    

 

Mardie Rees

Artist Statement

The themes in my sculptures are derived from stories in history and literature, from relationships that are core to the formation of a soul. I shape and cut into clay with handcrafted wooden tools. I feel the raw materials in my hands.

It is essential to me that the work lives and breathes on its own. This is best achieved by being as hands-on as possible. My interactions and relationships with live models, the textures made by my tools, and the nuances achieved by lost-wax casting – a procedure almost as old as sculpture itself – help keep the spark of life in my work.

I rely on live models, often friends and family, to draw out depth of character and natural gesture. I look for signs within parted lips, clenched hands, and wise eyes, the outer signal of emotions that reveal the sacred inner self. I use representatives with which we can identify, figures that can walk with us. I seek those moments we have in common and portray the beauty and honesty of times of struggle, solitude, or contemplation. 

Artist Resume

Lives and works in Gig Harbor, WA

Commissions

    • 2014 Sculpture Commission, St. Anthony North Hospital, Westminister, CO
    • 012-14 Sculpture Commission, WWII U.S. Marine Raider Memorial, Bronze, U.S. Marine Raider Foundation, National Museum of the Marine Corps., Quantico, VA.  
    • 2010 Sculpture Commission, Founder: C.W. Lonsdale & Dog , Bronze, Shawnigan Lake School, B.C. Canada
    • 2009 Private Sculpture Commission, Rick & Debbie Oehmcke, Daughters, Candice & Jackie, Portrait Bust, Bronze, Gig Harbor, WA
    • 2008 Life Size Sculpture Commission, St. Anthony & Child, St. Anthony Hospital Main Lobby, Franciscan Health System, Gig Harbor, WA
    • 2007 Private Sculpture Commission, Don & Sharon Castle, Father & Sons, Sun Valley, ID
    • 2005-2006 Sculpture Commission for City of Gig Harbor, Skansie Brothers Park Medallion, WA

    Exhibitions

    • 2014 Essence Portrait Exhibit, Juried PSOA Exhibition, Fountainhead Galley, Seattle, WA
    • 2013 The National Sculpture Society's 80th Annual Awards Exhibition, Brookgreen Gardens, Pawleys Island, SC
    • 2013 California Art Club, 102nd Annual Gold Medal Juried Exhibition, USC Fisher Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
    • 2013 The National Sculpture Society's 80th Annual Awards Exhibition, Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa, FL
    • 2013 Portrait Society of America International Competition & Exhibition, Atlanta, GA, April 27th 2013
    • 2013 Sculpture Unveiling Party, Solo Show & Unveiling of C.W. Lonsdale, Real Carriage Door Co., Gig Harbor, WA
    • 2013 Classically L.A., California Art Club, Sculpture Only Juried Show, L.A. CA
    • 012 Allied Artists of America, Inc. - 99th Annual Exhibition, The National Arts Club, NYC, NY
    • 2011 The American Artists Professional League – 83rd National Exhibition, Salmagundi Club, NYC, NY 
    • 2011 LCAD 50th Anniversary Alumni Show, Juried, Seven-Degrees, Laguna Beach, CA
    • 2011 Language of Sculpture, Juried Show, PNW Sculptors, Lake Oswego, OR
    • 2010 12th Annual Portrait Society of America International Exhibition, Washington D.C.
    • 2010 RISE: Fine Art Exhibit, Seattle Design Center, EDGE Graduates Group Show & Benefit, Seattle, WA
    • 2011 LCAD 50th Anniversary Alumni Show, Juried, Seven-Degrees, Laguna Beach, CA
    • 2011 The American Artists Professional League - 83rd National Exhibition, Salmagundi Club, NYC, NY
    • 2011 Language of Sculpture, Juried Show, PNW Sculptors, Lake Oswego, OR
    • 2010 Allied Artists of America, Inc. - 97th Annual Exhibition, The National Arts Club, NYC, NY
    • 2010 CVG Show, Collective Visions Gallery, Washington State Juried Art Competition, Bremerton, WA
    • 2009 St. Anthony Hospital Grand Opening Celebration, Gig Harbor, WA
    • 2009 Portland International Airport, PNW Sculptors, Juried Regional Arts & Culture Council, Portland, OR
    • 2009 CVG Show, Collective Visions Gallery, Washington State Juried Art Competition, Bremerton, WA
    • 2008 Tacoma Art Museum Gala, Juried Art Sale, Tacoma, WA
    • 2008 Gig Harbor Open Studio Tour, Gig Harbor, WA
    • 2008 Portral Party, Real Carriage Door Company Open House & Art Show, Gig Harbor, WA
    • 2007 Gig Harbor Open Studio Tour, Gig Harbor, WA
    • 2006-07 Dawn to Dawn, Traveling Exhibit "Jacob's Struggle" Orange, Riverside, Capo Beach, Irvine, CA
    • 2006 Showcase Tacoma, Live Sculpting, Tacoma, WA
    • 2006 Pt. Defiance Flower & Garden Show, Juried Sculpture Garden, Tacoma, WA
    • 2006 Pt. Defiance Flower & Garden Show, Juried Sculpture Garden, Tacoma, WA
    • 2006 Skansie Brother's Park Medallion Dedication Ceremony, Gig Harbor, WA
    • 2006 After the Edge, EDGE Group Show, Works Gallery, Bellingham, WA
    • 2005 Best of Northwest, Magnuson Park, Seattle, WA
    • 2005 Pacific Rim Miniature Show, Lakewood Gallery, WA
    • 2005 Puyallup Art & Wine Walk, Puyallup, WA
    • 2005 Lone Wolf Project, Fine Art Exhibition and Open House Design - Built by Don Rees, Gig Harbor, WA
    • 2004 Seeing Red, Lynwood Arts Commission Juried Art Show, Lynwood, WA
    • 2004 Coast Hills Community Church, Solo Exhibition, Aliso Viejo, CA
    • 2003 Coast Hills Community Church, Annual Exhibition, Aliso Viejo, CA
    • 2003 Richard MacDonald Gallery, First Thursdays Art Walk, Laguna Beach, CA
    • 2003 Shards of Imagination, Saddleback Church Gallery, Lake Forest, CA
    • 2003 War & Peace, Laguna College of Art & Design, Laguna Beach, CA
    • 2003 Eckstrom Senior Show, Laguna Beach, CA
    • 2000-03 Laguna College of Art & Design Gallery, Juried Show, Laguna Beach, CA
    • 2002-03 Art Affair at Gallery 1951, Resident Artist, Laguna Beach, CA
    • 2002 Person, Place or Thing, Open Studio Show, Gig Harbor, WA
    • 2002 Laguna's Cliff Cottages, Laguna Beach, CA
    • 2002 Laguna College of Art & Design Gallery, Juried Show, Best of Sculpture, Laguna Beach, CA
    • 2000 Sculpture selected for NASAD Portfolio Day, Laguna College of Art & Design, Laguna Beach, CA
    • 2008 Sotto Voce, Fairhaven Mausoleum Art Exhibit, Juried LCAD Alumni, Santa Ana, CA

    Awards & Honors

    • 2014 4th Place, Commissioned Portrait in Sculpture, Portrait Society of America's Members Only Competition. C.W. Lonsdale
    • 2013 Finalist in Sculpture, Art Renewal Center 2012-2013 International Salon Competition, La Petite Fleur
    • 2013 Exceptional Merit, Portrait Society of America International Competition & Exhibition, Atlanta, GA, La Petite Fleur 
    • 2012 1st Honorable Mention, Portrait Society of America, Member’s Only Competition, C.W. Lonsdale
    • 2011 President's Award, The American Artists Professional League - 83rd Grand National Exhibition, NYC, NY
    • 2011 Honorable Mention, Portrait Society of America, Member's Only Competition
    • 2010 Gold Medal of Honor, Allied Artists of America, Inc. - 97th Annual Exhibition, NYC
    • 2010 Finalist in Sculpture, Art Renewal Center 2009/2010 Salon
    • 2010 First Honor, Portrait Society of America International Exhibition, Washington D.C.
    • 2009 Sculptural Pursuit, Sculpture Only Industry Award, Chavant Inc. for "Truth Beloved," Fall 2009
    • 2008 Pierce County Arts Commission, Margaret K. Williams Award, for Excellence in the Arts "Career Category," Juried by Pierce County Arts Commission, Nominated by the Gig Harbor Rotary Club, Tacoma, WA
    • 2000-2003 Portfolio Scholarship, Laguna College of Art & Design, Laguna Beach, CA
    • 2002 President of Student Body, Laguna College of Art & Design, Laguna Beach, CA
    • 1998 Certificate of Merit, Art I, II, III, IV, Academia Alianza, Quito, Ecuador

    Clubs

    • 2012 Portrait Sculptors Society of America
    • 2010 National Sculpture Society, NY
    • 2010 Portrait Society of America, Tallahassee, Fl
    • 2010 Allied Artist of America, New York, NY
    • 2008-Current Pacific Northwest Sculptors (PNWS), Portland, OR
    • 2009 Seattle Sculptors Guild, Seattle, WA
    • 2005-Current Gig Harbor Rotary Club Member, Gig Harbor, WA
    • 2005-Current Artist Trust Member, Seattle, WA

    Collections

    • Shawnigan Lake School, Shawnigan Lake, B.C. Canada
    • Franciscan Health Systems, St. Anthony Hospital, Main Lobby, Gig Harbor, WA
    • City of Gig Harbor, Skansie Brothers Park, Gig Harbor, WA
    • Rick & Debbie Oehmcke, Gig Harbor, WA
    • Don & Sharon Castle, Sun Valley, ID
    • Peter & Janet Stanley, Tacoma, WA
    • Floyd & Sandra Olsen, Gig Harbor, WA

    Selected Bibliography

    • "Portrait Society of America's - 12th Annual Award Winners Showcase," First Honor, Journal of the PSOA, Aug/Sept 2010.
    • "Portrait Society of America's - 12th Annual Award Winners Showcase," First Honor, International Artist, Aug/Sept 2010.
    • Susan Schell, "Sculptor makes an impression back east" Peninsula Gateway, June 2, 2010.
    • Charlee Glock-Jackson, "Local Sculptor Wins Prestigious Portrait Award" Gig Harbor Life, May 28, 2010.
    • Steve Meltzer, "Struggling Toward the Light: Gig Harbor Sculptress Mardie Rees," Westsound Home & Garden, Summer 2009.
    • Gregg McClellan, "Sculptor Mardie Rees installing her sculpture at St. Anthony Hospital," C-RCC Pierce County News Channel 22, March 5, 2009
    • Gregg McClellan, "Sculptor Mardie Rees doing her patina finish on St. Anthony & Child," C-RCC Pierce County News Channel 22, January 8, 2009
    • Susan Schell, "St. Anthony Statue Comes Together," Peninsula Gateway, November 26, 2008.
    • Gregg McClellan, "Sculptor Mardie Rees with her sculpture St. Anthony & Child at the Foundry," C-RCC Pierce County News Channel 22, November 20, 2008
    • Gregg McClellan,"Margaret K. Williams Award Ceremony", C-RCC Pierce County News 22, November 13, 2008
    • Susan Schell, "Sculptor Rees Wins Art Award," Peninsula Gateway, October 29, 2008.
    • Susan Schell, "Mardie Has Created Life Size Statue of St. Anthony," Peninsula Gateway, October 15, 2008.
    • Gale Robinette, "Original art to enhance Healing Environment at St. Anthony Hospital," Franciscan Health!, 2008
    • "Laguna College Alumna Commissioned for Prestigious Hospital Sculpture," Mission Viejo News Weekly, August 22, 2008.
    • Callie White, "Melding Art with History," Peninsula Gateway, April 19, 2006.
    • Brent Champaco, "Is a Woman's Place in the Art?," Tacoma News Tribune, September 9, 2005.
    • "Artist Profiles," Seattle Magazine, October 2005.
    • Colleen McBrinn, "Designer Shares Passion for Modernistic Simplicity," Seattle Times, July 30, 2005.
    • Kalyn Kelly, "House is Home to Unique Design", Peninsula Gateway, July, 2005.

    Education

    • 2005 EDGE Program, Artist Trust, Seattle, WA
    • 2003 Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree, Laguna College of Art & Design, Laguna Beach, CA

    Videos on the creation process of St. Anthony & Child