Artist Profile

Marion painting

I began painting in 2000 after shifting a long held belief that I couldn’t paint and I couldn’t draw. With a number of major changes happening in my life around then, I was seeking some time out and following one of those chance visits to an artist’s studio in the Blue Mountains, I noticed this particular artist was running week long workshops in landscape painting. The idea of a week away in the beautiful Blue Mountains painting struck a romantic chord within me and I was naïve enough to ask “if you needed to be able to paint?”. “Yes” most definitely was the answer however something had shifted within me and with a new motivation I began opening to the idea, the possibility, that maybe I could learn. Maybe I could attend some evening classes. Maybe I could make a few mistakes in the process and just have a go.

And so I did. That was the beginning of my journey with painting.

After some workshops with Sarah Mumford, within a year I was off on the first of several week long retreats to the Blue Mountains, with artist, John Wilson.  Since then I have studied with a number of wonderful teachers, including for contemporary work Lyn Hammond and Anne Bourne, landscapes with Warwick Fuller and for the last two and a half years,  I have also been developing my portrait skills studying with Nafisa Naomi.

As a Life and Career Coach, I am familiar with the power of limiting beliefs and from my own personal experience know the freedom and liberation when you break through them.

I choose to use oils for their richness of character and flexibility.  I love the vividness of the colours and the moods that can be created by them.  At times I like to experiment though and recently have been using acrylics, however my preference is still for oils.

When I began painting my main focus was on landscapes.  Many of my paintings have been inspired from family camping and bushwalking holidays taken to outback Australia; places like Uluru, Kata Juta, the MacDonnell Ranges, the Flinders Ranges, to Darwin and the Northern Territory and also within country Victoria and New South Wales.

My work has evolved over the years though and I have been particularly drawn to painting portraits.  I love the challenge of achieving a likeness, to paint from life and enjoy becoming absorbed in the process of capturing the beauty of the individual. 

I paint for the joy of it, to grow and for the expression of my soul.  Portraits particularly appeal to me as I feel a real connection to the individual and  I hope to create portraits that become family treasures.

To find out more about any of my paintings or commission a portrait, please call me on 0409 993 090 or email me through the contact form. 

I look forward to hearing from you.

Best wishes, Marion