I met Bellingham artist Marion Bouquet when we joined former PANW artists Claire Giordano and Nikki Frumkin on a hike to Melakwa Lake in September of 2016. That hike was such a huge step out of my comfort zone (so many people I didn’t know-all of them, in fact). But as is so often the case when I manage to leave my comfort zone, a lot of good came out of it. I got to see a beautiful lake that I might not have made it to for many years because it is longer than the legs of my nine-year-old can do without too much trouble. I met Nikki and Claire and Marion, and a bunch of other pretty amazing women. It was a reminder that yes, I can do difficult things.
Marion has the most beautiful adventurous spirit and her art, whether she’s painting or making jewelry, is a reflection of that. I love following her on Instagram because she always seems to be pushing herself-not free from fear necessarily, but definitely not letting fear get in her way.
SIX QUESTIONS FOR MARION
What did you want to be when you grew up?
For a long time I wanted to be an illustrator for children’s books. While I have a degree in graphic arts, I chose traveling over further studies and this need for freedom led me to choose a career as an online entrepreneur artist.
Do you consider yourself an introvert, and extrovert, or somewhere in between the two?
I’m more of an extrovert. In friendship I tend to open up very easily. I love connecting people together too and make things happen i.e outdoor adventures, gatherings, etc. However, I also enjoy my solo time and can appreciate not seeing anyone for a little bit to recharge.
What are your top three Bellingham area restaurants?
Do you have a favorite book?
So many! But I’d say my favorite fiction book is The Secret Life of Bees (The only book that made me cry!), and two personal growth books that changed my life are Conversations with God by Neal D. Walsch and The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz.
What was the last book you read? Did you like it?
Waking by Matthew Sanford. The true story of a man who became paralyzed from the chest down at 13 in a car accident and started a long and transformative mind body journey and eventually became a yoga teacher.
Marion, thank you so much for being a part of Post Art Northwest!
Emily McCann Photography is on hiatus! I won’t be sending out my monthly newsletter or taking clients until May of 2018. Post Art Northwest will continue during my hiatus, though the method of choosing a postcard recipient will be slightly different than in previous months. If you would like a chance to receive the postcard Marion and I made together, head over to the Post Art Northwest Instagram feed and 1. follow Post Art Northwest 2. like the photo of the February 2018 postcard. After completing both steps you will be entered into a drawing for this postcard. The recipient will be chosen at random on Tuesday February 13th at 8pm Pacific Time.