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Marian utilises vivid colour and hard edge, minimalist abstraction in her representations of seascapes, land and streetscapes and the human form. A keen portraitist, her figures often embody humorous or surreal elements. Marian has been a finalist in a number of national award exhibitions.
After losing confidence in my painting ability at art teacher training college, I didn’t paint for 40 years. I left secondary school teaching to pursue my interest in writing nd literature, gained a PhD in English and ended up teaching Media and Communications at university. Early in my retirement, the tutor of a watercolour painting class I attended renewed my confidence and that’s when I rediscovered my love of painting. I returned to acrylics and began exhibiting my work in 2009, soon developing a distinctive painting style incorporating vibrant colour, minimalism and hard edge abstraction. My formative influences include the Post Impressionists such as Gauguin; the simplicity and bold design of Japanese woodcuts and the organic, flowing line of Art Nouveau. My subject matter includes portraits, seascapes and more recently, iconic Melbourne landmarks including the Skipping Girl Vinegar sign and Luna Park. My migration series which I began in 2015, was inspired by my parents’ stories concerning our migration by sea in the 1950s and was developed in response to the ANL Maritime Award theme ‘Humanity’s Relationship with the Sea’.
After winning a number of awards in local exhibitions, I began entering national award exhibitions and have been selected as a finalist in some of these, including the Portia Geach Memorial Award (2017) and the ANL Maritime Award (2015, 2017, 2018, 2019).
A note on the pricing of my work- paintings on linen are higher priced than those on canvas; larger and/or newer works are also more expensive.