About the Sculptor

Mardie Rees brings the classical figure into today’s context with her emphasis on emotional dialogue. The relationships between her subjects and their circumstances bring a life to her work that is tangible to its viewers. It is capturing this essence of humanity that allows a work to breathe on its own.

Biography

Mardie Rees (c. 1980) was born in Gig Harbor, Washington where her desire to create became apparent at an early age. At age fourteen, the Rees family decided to spend three years in Ecuador doing community development work. Immersed in Latin American culture, Rees discovered art was her way to respond to the world and her experiences. She worked in oil paints, acrylics, sculpture, and even joined a team that painted twenty murals throughout the regions of Ecuador. 

She furthered her education by studying fine art in California, where she was introduced to figurative sculpture. Her love for capturing the emotion and soul of a person lead her to pursue a career as a portrait and figurative sculptor. Rees received her BFA with honors from Laguna College of Art and Design and returned to the Northwest.

Rees has participated in numerous shows throughout Southern California, the Pacific Northwest, and the East Coast, and has garnered awards in association with the Portrait Society of America, Allied Artists of America, and Art Renewal Center. Many of her commissioned works appear in public settings across the U.S. and Canada. Her work is found in parks, hospitals, and school campuses.

Rees also contracts private commissions, capturing her patrons’ special moments in the bronze media. She enjoys working with individuals to realize a one-of-a-kind creation, as well as engaging her own series of works.

Mardie Rees lives in Gig Harbor, Washington with her husband, Jeremy Broderick, and their two children, Jasmine and Adam.  

 

Mardie Rees

Artist Statement

My sculpture explores the depth of human emotion. Sculpting the human figure, I capture the outer signs of emotion that reveal the sacred inner self. I seek gestures that portray beauty and honesty whether they are times of struggle, solitude, or contemplation. As these are moments we all have in common, I create representatives with which we can identify, representatives to walk with us.

Genuine emotional dialogue is vital to the process of creating my work. To achieve this, I draw on friends and family as live models for their honesty and depth of character. The themes in my sculptures are derived from stories in literature and relationships which shape an individual’s soul. I shape, stroke, and cut into water clay with my wooden tools, feeling the raw earth in my hands. I look for signs within—parted lips, clenched hands, and wise eyes.

The human icons I sculpt are representatives to walk with us. It is essential to me that the work lives and breathes on its own, as strength is found through struggle.

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 oundation, 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

    • 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