Marilyn

TREE SERIES

Watercolour and Acrylic

Trees are sentinels of the earth, witness to passing time, to change, but also to unending renewal. I am fascinated by their myriad forms, their patterns, colours and the aura of mystery that surrounds them. Each has it's own unique expression of life, and I strive to portray this vibrant quality and depth in my paintings. I aim to transform their living essence into painted creations that flow with their own life, drawing the viewer into wondrous reflections of our world.

Artist's Method

At first glance my paintings are highly realistic, yet I build them as abstract constructions. My creative process begins with the camera, as I compose each subject to capture a sense of both balance and drama. These photos are used as my working models for the paintings to follow.

I fully use the expressive nature of watercolour, encouraging combinations of granulation, flow and transparency to build images of jewel-like layers of colour and richness. I search for the patterns of underlying energy, aiming to capture the mysterious essence of all that surrounds us in nature.

   

ECHOES SERIES

Acrylic on Panel with Natural Crystals

This series has evolved as a very personal expression of landscapes that I encounter. These images are my deeply felt views of Nature, both seen and hidden.

I am inspired to paint these panoramas real and imagined, by the beauty and mystery of these ancient crystals, formed billions of years ago deep inside our planet.

I am seduced by the grandeur and the fragility of Nature and by the infinitely changing display of life that surrounds us. As I glaze layer upon layer of transparent paint, I am on a quest to create a visual image of this reverence.

I lose myself in the dance between my painted landscapes and the ever mysterious natural crystal formations. A resonance of abstract poetic echoes between the two is my goal.

Artist's Method

I choose natural crystals that have especially beautiful markings, colours and textures. I am inspired by the stone to paint a land view that creates a visual flow between the two. Each painting is built by layering many glazes of acrylic colour on wood panel, producing a brilliant depth to the image. The crystals and paintings each have their own complex character - one from the artist's hand, the other from the earth.

I have framed the paintings and sculptural chunks of minerals together in deep Shadowbox frames. These heighten the overall 3-dimensionality of the compositions in a dramatic way, with each frame chosen for its contribution to the overall colour theme.

 

DREAMING THE WORLD SERIES

Mixed Media

We cannot know the mysteries surrounding us by only logic or reason, but by realizing the presence of truth in our intuitions and dreams. We all see and interpret the world in our own way. Although each of us looks out upon a distinct and personal reality, we share in our inner beings an underlying connection to soul and spirit. The living dance of the world envelops us, and we dream it to life together.

Artist's Method

I reach towards an expression of our world through multiple layers of images, each reflecting a distinct part of reality. It is my dreams of the connectedness of all that inspire these juxtapositions and blendings. The materials I use range from acrylics, inks, watercolour, reflective additions, and pastel - all inspire my creative process.

   

NATURE'S JEWEL SERIES

Throughout history flowers have been regarded as symbols of the beauty and regeneration of Nature. The ancient Mystery teachings held that we are in part a product of our environment, and that beauty is essential to the natural unfoldment of the human soul. There is harmony and peace in the beauty of flowers that lifts and nurtures our spirits. We can be moved to wonder and joy by these gifts of nature. I feel that this is a much needed haven in the super paced world that surrounds us today.

In this series of paintings I strive to express this with complex colour changes at each stroke of the brush, with multiple layers, and with dramatic effects of light. The flows of liquid paint that border and surround the image are like the forces of elemental energy and creation.

Flowers reflect the mystery of life in all their glorious, endless variations, and my paintings are a celebration of these jewels of Nature.