Marcine’s early years growing up in southwestern Idaho and living on the farm instilled in her a deep and enduring appreciation for the relationship between man and nature. Her father, Milbert Quenzer, sat her down at the age of four, and helped her draw her first picture. Little did he know that she had a natural gift and it would be the beginning of a life long pursuit.
Marcine takes her inspiration from the traditions and legends of the Native Americans amongst whom she lived for 15 years. She combines her artistic talents and personal knowledge of Native American tradition to produce art that preserves the culture of America’s Indigenous People. Learning the Native American Life Ways has been the most exciting journey of all. Being able to share it through her art is one of the greatest delights of her life.
Marcine facilitated Indian Territory Culture Center, Wyandotte, Oklahoma 1995-2002, where her husband taught young people Native American social dancing, singing and pow wow dancing. Often ancient songs could be heard late into the night while young people enjoyed learning traditional ways. The youth Stomp Dance group, led by Yvonne Perryman, Mohawk, and Wade Blevins, Cherokee, attended the Winter Olympics 2002 at Salt Lake City, Utah, where they performed at many venues. The Youth Painted Horse Drum Group taught by Sonny Waters, Pawnee, has won at many pow wow Drum Competitions.
During this time, she created Painted Horse Native Museum filled with artifacts from both her husband and her own collection, as well as donated items. She added her art depicting many Native American stories, and creating a special section on Iroquoian woodland culture.
Marcine met Kennesatah, an Oneida Elder in 1988. She was given the Indian name, Niyawehnsie, which kind of means the “Creator will answer his way”. In 1993 Hubert Sky of Six Nations Reserve officiated in an adoption ceremony between Marcine and Susie Lord as sisters in the family of Rosie Lord, daughter of Amanda Bearskin Greenback, daughter of Rosie Fox, daughter of Amanda Whitewing, Seneca Deer Clan. Grandma Mandy has the distinction of having maintained the visitor’s camp at the stomp grounds for some 80 years
Marcine’s latest endeavor is a series of paintings on the Great Laws, which were established by Dekaniwida and Jikohnsaseh, both Hurons of the Northern Great Lakes, and an Onondaga, Hayenwatha. Because of this work she was named “Associate Artist for the Wyandotte Nation of Oklahoma”. This series of paintings has now been published in her book “Spirit Winds of Peace; The Epoch of the Peace Makers” with the stories that inspired the art.
Marcine’s work participated in the International Peace Festival in Onondaga, the place of the Beginning of Peace two years in a row, 2004 & 2005, being displayed for three months in 2005 at St. Marie Among the Iroquois, in Syracuse, New York, on the shores of Lake Onondaga. Here she walked the very ground where the story of her series of paintings takes place. The opportunity to walk the holy ground and sacred path of the legendary Peacemaker and Great Peace Woman is a dream come true.
Marcine’s work instills the desire to create a Lasting Peace among all mankind. She says: “Peace is the result of celebrating and enjoying our differences while recognizing our oneness. We are all on this planet together. Let’s share and protect it, by being the brothers and sisters we truly are. There is only one Creator by whatever name we call Him and we all are his children.”