Mardie Rees (b. 1980) is a fine artist and figurative sculptor who is native to the Pacific Northwest. Born into a creative household, her childhood was spent sewing garments and building homes, drawing pictures and visiting museums. In her adolescence, Rees’ family uprooted and moved to Ecuador to facilitate community development. The years spent in Latin American culture sparked her artistic expression and became a quest, a way for her to balance the familiar and the foreign. This broadened worldview set her on the path to be an artist for life.
Rees earned her BFA from Laguna College of Art and Design in 2003. In the years that have followed, she has created life-size bronze sculptures for museums, hospitals, schools, and collectors. She is a regular faculty member and instructor at Gage Academy of Art in Seattle.
Rees has won many accolades for her emotive sculpture including Soul of the Forward and Faithful, a WWII U.S. Marine Raider Memorial currently housed within the walls of the Pentagon. An Elected Member of National Sculpture Society, she is a two-time recipient of the Beverly Hoyt Robertson Memorial Award and a multiple award winner in Portrait Society of America’s International Competition & Exhibition. Rees has also been recognized and awarded by Allied Artists of America, the Marine Heritage Foundation, and the prestigious Art Renewal Center International Salon Competition.
Mardie lives in Gig Harbor, Washington with her husband, Jeremy, and their three children, Jasmine, Adam, and Desiree. Her delight in all people and their stories is the lens through which she captures relationships and the fundamental duality of human life: love and pain.