Marjett Schille was born in Ellensburg, Washington and spent the early part of her life in rural eastern Washington State. She moved with her family to Boise, Idaho. Marjett received a B.A. in Fine Art from Boise State University and an M.F.A. in painting, drawing and ceramic sculpture from the University of Idaho. Shortly after graduation, she moved to Seattle where she lived and worked as an artist from l974 through 2003. Currently, Marjett and her husband, Mike Lewis, divide their time between homes in Gold Hill, Oregon and Ludowici, Georgia.
Marjett works in oils, watercolors, mixed media and ceramic sculpture. The delicate beauty of our natural habitat and its creatures and the importance of protecting them are a vital theme of her work, inspired by the diverse environments of the Northwest and the Southeast.
She has completed several artist residencies on the coastal barrier islands of Georgia and the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. These experiences culminated in a traveling exhibition throughout the State of Georgia, including the State Botanical Garden in Athens, Georgia.
She is represented by the Kirsten Gallery in Seattle, Washington and several other galleries in the Northwest in addition to galleries in Southeast Georgia. Marjett’s work is in public and private collections throughout both regions including the King County Arts Commission and Harborview Hospital in Seattle. She has completed a series of public art commissions in Washington and Idaho, among them, the Morrison Center for Performing Arts at Boise State University, mural and painting projects for Bonney Lake, Mercer Island and Graham libraries in Washington and Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital, Tacoma, Washington.
Marjett also works as an illustrator, in particular of children’s books. She conducts workshops on illustration and in watercolor and mixed media for universities and artist associations. The beautiful, mysterious and fragile nature of the spiritual and fundamental connection between us, our environment and its inhabitants continues to be an important focus of Marjett’s work.
“As I paint I strive to touch, be touched by and to express the life force
of nature in my work.
If my art can serve, even in a small way, as a voice for the environment
then I feel it has been a worthwhile effort.
My work is in watercolor, mixed media, oils, charcoal and fired clay.
I am inspired by the images and histories of animals, plants, indigenous peoples
and the landscape of both the South and the Northwest,
and I exhibit my work in galleries and juried exhibits in both regions.”
— Marjett Schille
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