Inspired by music and dance, artist Marianne Morris creates a portfolio filled with harmonious color. Enjoy, and visit her website for more.
Art has always been a tool of self-expression for me. As a child suffering from debilitating shyness, I figured out early on that drawing was a way to communicate. I overcame my shyness as I figured out the world, but art would always be there as a backup.
I attended university to learn the finer points of drawing and painting, with the human figure being my favoured subject. I traded my paintbrushes for a computer mouse shortly after graduation as a way to make a living. It wasn’t until I had my own child, many years later, that I rediscovered my love for creating.
Painting techniques are a constant evolution for me. I have experimented with most of the traditional art supplies available, and have turned my attention to unconventional and improvised tools to expand my visual vocabulary.
I use my hands, found objects, altered brushes and rollers, along with tools found in the hardware store or the baking aisle. Incorporating what I learned on the computer, I employ many techniques used by digital illustrators … layering, transparency, and masking. The final goal is always an expression of emotion. I find the best way to get there is to “go with my gut.”
Music is something that ran a close second for attention in my life. I have played one instrument or another since I was very young, giving it up only when a chronic wrist problem made practicing difficult. Since that time I’ve focused my painting on expressing the joy I find in music.
Images of musicians and dancers have evolved into non-objective pieces that seek to translate the music into visual form. This continuing evolution can be seen on my weekly blog post or monthly emails. Very active on social media, I regularly post photos of works in progress and experiments from the studio.
Even though I have developed my own techniques and found my artistic voice, it is very important to me that I never stop learning… and never stop pushing the boundaries of what I can say and how I say it.
Painting is a conversation between myself and the image, and I never intend to let it get boring.