Marie grew up in Angers, in the Loire Valley area of central France, with its fine blue slate, its uniquely soft light and the wild river that were praised in Joachim Du Bellay’s poetry. Like him, she was so attracted to the Loire River and its remarkable light that she would not dream of living away. As a nurse, she worked in various hospitals and clinics that were always located in the heart of the Loire Valley. Marie drove and walked all over the area, organizing youth camps or field trips, discovering amazing old churches, dolmens and small castle-like houses. She is very enthusiastic about sharing “her Loire River Valley” with photographers gifted with an artistic eye.
Painter Rod Heiss was clever enough to marry Marie about 5 years ago. He has been a huge help on our France workshops, driving, keeping us all in line and in stitches with his stories. Rod is an accomplished and prolific artist, and we’re indebted to him for the depth he brings to our art discussions.See Rod’s Paintings