Marie is known for creating unique art relating to New Zealand culture and history. She is an established multimedia artist having exhibited in both selected and solo exhibitions since the 1980s. Marie is respected for her dedication and commitment to all aspects of the visual arts in New Zealand. She has held a position on many local, regional and national N.Z Art advisory boards. Marie has won numerous art awards both nationally and internationally. These include the International Leather Sculptural Award N.Z.2000; Leather Sculpture International Award U.S.A.1999; National Combined Textile Award 1997; N.Z. Great Cloak Award 1993; Lincoln Green Sculpture Award 1991; 1990 Dress Art (7 invited N.Z. Wearable Art artists National Touring Exhibition organised by The Govert Brewster Gallery New Plymouth); The 6th National N.Z. Craft Award1989 (creative basketry); Opotiki Fashion Design Award 1990; finalist in the Nelson open Wearable Art Award1993; and a North Shore City Civic Award for her Services to the Arts in 2004.
Marie was granted two Queen Elizabeth 11 travel awards in 1991 and 1998. She has been a guest speaker in England, Australia, United States and N.Z. She has work held in public collections including Auckland War Memorial Museum, and Wellington University. Marie is a founder student of Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design and was a part time faculty member from 1987 to 2001. She achieved a Diploma of Textile Arts in 1985 and a Master of Fine Arts degree from W.C.A.D. in 2010.
Her research continues to embrace cultures established in N.Z. by her female ancestors including the pioneering women. Marie recognises their influence on her own creative life and the significance of keeping alive N.Z. culture and history as we go into the 21st century. She continues researching and creating her own personal collection of artefacts and objects to underpin the success of her ongoing installations and hybrid images.