Born and schooled in Wisconsin, Johanna Nitzke Marquis turned in her barn boots for hiking boots. She headed to Pacific beaches and forest trails to meet her muse. Her propensity towards the political sciences and art making was cultivated at The Evergreen State College. She became the first director of public art in Washington State and later a Seattle gallerist. Her political, personal and professional epiphanies are retold through her constructed paintings. She lives on a dead-end road on an island in the Salish Sea where she remains sustained by her gardens, art studio and Labradors.
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou