Featured Artist Marianne Morris

Inspired by music and dance, artist Marianne Morris creates a portfolio filled with harmonious color. Enjoy, and visit her website for more.

 

12 Bar Blues

“12 Bar Blues” Acrylic on Canvas, 16″ x 20″

 

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.

 

Move

“Move” Acrylic on Canvas, 18″ x 24″

 

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.

 

Trio

“Trio” Acrylic on Canvas, 24″ x 30″

 

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.

 

Serenity

“Serenity” Acrylic on Canvas, 18″ x 18″

 

 

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.”

 

In Harmony

“In Harmony” Acrylic on Canvas, 12″ x 12″

 

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.

 

The Brass

“The Brass” Acrylic on Canvas, 24″ x 36″

 

 

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.

 

Singing the Blues

“Singing The Blues” Acrylic on Canvas, 18″ x 24″

 

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.

 

Untamed

“Untamed” Acrylic on Canvas, 16″ x 20″

 

Painting is a conversation between myself and the image, and I never intend to let it get boring.

 

 

Comments

  1. love Untamed…wonderful work!!!

  2. Barbara Bliss says:

    Your paintings have given me new inspiration. I don’t paint much anymore; but you have given me a jolt of energy. I really love your work. Each piece has a life of its own.

  3. Awesome work from a talented artist who clearly is always learning and growing and doing. We have purchased one of Marianne’s beautiful paintings and it proudly hangs on our livingroom wall. We have gifted another painting to a musician in our family. I really enjoy following her blog and seeing her art. Marianne’s art is vibrant and beautiful. It draws the viewer in. Her music series particularly strikes an emotion chord.

  4. Sandra Jager says:

    How wonderful to see your work here! I wish you all the success you can handle and then some. You have worked so hard and deserve every reward possible.

  5. Love the emotion in your art. Very inspiring.

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