The year for capturing the essence

Marielle Washington on her passion for art and how music grows it


“When I get in that moment, I’m just flowing. I’m switching between colors and trying things and seeing how it works.”

At Bose, we believe sound is power. The power to inspire, the power to motivate, the power to transform. We believe music not only emboldens us to follow our passions, but it also helps us to grow them. That’s why we’re celebrating those who use music to keep pushing, and featuring their stories. In this article, we talk with Marielle Washington about her passion for art and how music plays a role in her process.  


Marielle Washington is an American artist who found her passion at an early age. “I’ve been painting my entire life pretty much,” Marielle says. “I started when I was five. When I was in kindergarten, we had to draw a rose. And my rose actually looked like a rose. And my teacher raved about it to my parents. So since then, my parents kept me in art classes from elementary school all the way to high school. And then I majored in it in college.”  


While Marielle loves and practices many forms of art, her specialty is in portraits. “My purpose of doing portraits,” Marielle says, “is to capture the essence of whomever I’m painting. And I think it’s cool to see that on such a large scale.” By painting in the public eye, Marielle has grown into her art in a way she never anticipated, becoming more comfortable painting, all while learning to forget the distractions and focus on her work. “I actually hated people watching me paint,” Marielle says. “I think that was because of grade school, everybody just critiques you so much. But then, seeing other people do murals out in public, it’s like, I’m not in class anymore. Talking to other people that really appreciate the art for what it is, instead of being like, ‘Oh, you should have put this line over here, or you should have done that,’ helped me to have more fun painting in front of people. It was a fear, and in order to tackle that fear, you just have to do it. Being able to just paint live in front of people really helped me appreciate my art more.”  

Marielle Washington paints a mural wearing Bose QuietComfort Earbuds

“I love to paint Black people in a positive light, because I feel that we need to be seen more in a positive light.”

From celebrity role models within the Black community to local idols, Marielle paints to shine light upon the positivity that BIPOCs infuse into communities. “It does help to see more Black women out in public,” Marielle says. “And that’s honestly the majority of my art. I love to paint Black people in a positive light, because I feel that we need to be seen more in a positive light, which is why I painted Aaliyah and Gil Scott-Heron. I've always liked to find Black people, even local, to paint just to show more of our culture, whether it’s musically, acting, or entertainment. Just show it and bring it joy for everyone.”