Born 1947 in Quincy, and raised in rural Hanover, Massachusetts, Marieluise Hutchinson lived in a childhood home built about 1820 on eleven acres of land with a barn. This farm setting afforded her a first hand experience of the New England farmscapes, which she has made her primary subject matter when she became a painter.
She belongs to the American generation who grew up after World War II and prior to the Vietnam quagmire, for whom patriotism was not yet politicized, and pride in the country was something to be shared with one’s neighbors.
Hutchinson’s paintings reflect her trust in America: without stridency, there is almost always a flag displayed; there are families in these homes who are never seen, but who are palpably present behind happy, glowing windows and blowing curtains and warm firelight smoke from winter chimneys.
While she was in her late teens, Hutchinson moved with her family to Cape Cod. Shortly thereafter she was married, and subsequently divorced in her mid twenties with two young daughters to raise. She was initially a self-trained artist, holding down a bank job during the day and painting at night. It was during this period that she created her own distinct style and subject matter, drawing on her nostalgia for less complicated times and country pleasures from her own past.
Her career gradually developed in an accretive fashion from showing with local art guilds and associations to eventual acceptance in major commercial art galleries. Hutchinson is currently exhibited in galleries in Vermont, Massachusetts, and New York City, and maintains her residence and studio on rural Cape Cod.