Featured Artist MarianneB Van Der Haar

Music and color inspire artist MarianneB Van Der Haar’s vivid, energetic abstract paintings. Enjoy more of her work by visiting her website.

 

“Mind Map” Acrylic and Oil on Canvas, 48” x 48” by artist MarianneB Van Der Haar. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Mind Map” Acrylic and Oil on Canvas, 48” x 48”

 

Having lived in different countries in the world, I have been enriched by many cultures that influence the way I create my art. I apply layers upon layers of boldly colored paint on the canvas using a palette knife and my fingers to shape each piece as a unique expression of my life experiences. My German heritage gave me discipline and a sense of purpose.

 

“Blue Note” Acrylic and Oil on Canvas, 36” x 36” by artist MarianneB Van Der Haar. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Blue Note” Acrylic and Oil on Canvas, 36” x 36”

 

When I was twenty-one, I moved to the Netherlands to learn the Dutch language and liberal way of life. During the late 1970s, my husband and I lived in Tanzania for four years, where I was enlivened by the richness of African art, from the way they used found items to make toys and tools, to their intricate wood sculptures and colorful batik fabrics.

 

“Solid Rock” Acrylic and Oil on Canvas, 36” x 48” by artist MarianneB Van Der Haar. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Solid Rock” Acrylic and Oil on Canvas, 36” x 48”

 

After returning to the Netherlands to raise a family in the 1980s, I pursued a career in interior design that taught me to appreciate aesthetic arrangements of colors in fabric and furniture.

 

“On a Journey to Amsterdam” Acrylic and Oil on Canvas, 48” x 60” by artist MarianneB Van Der Haar. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“On a Journey to Amsterdam” Acrylic and Oil on Canvas, 48” x 60”

 

I started painting in the year 2000 when my new life in Atlanta encouraged me to pick up a set of acrylics. Instantly, I found I loved composing colorful works of art on large canvases.

 

“Catcher of Light” Acrylic and Oil on Canvas, 36” x 36”by artist MarianneB Van Der Haar. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Catcher of Light” Acrylic and Oil on Canvas, 36” x 36”

 

I am purely self-taught, and as I have grown as an artist, my supply cabinet has expanded to include not only acrylics, but also materials such as ink, sand, metal powders and textiles.

 

“Waiting in the wings” Acrylic and Oil on Canvas, 64” x 64” by artist MarianneB Van Der Haar. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Waiting in the wings” Acrylic and Oil on Canvas, 64” x 64”

 

My creative style ranges from purely abstract—with pieces that evoke an emotion—to works that include flowers or figures. These offer an abstract, but slightly more concrete vision of what I sense from the world, the environment and the seasons.

 

“First Date” Acrylic and Oil on Canvas, 68” x 68” by artist MarianneB Van Der Haar. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“First Date” Acrylic and Oil on Canvas, 68” x 68”

 

I am particularly known for my color flow, but every time I work with my tools of choice—whether they are brushes, plastic cards, scrapers, palate knives or simply my fingers—the result is always a new artistic surprise.

 

“Secret Garden” Acrylic and Oil on Canvas, 20” x 20” by artist MarianneB Van Der Haar. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Secret Garden” Acrylic and Oil on Canvas, 20” x 20”

 

My work can be seen in galleries around Atlanta. I received a first prize in abstract painting at the Ocala Fine Art Show in 2007. Online, one of my paintings received the Masterpiece Elite San Francisco award for 2008/2009. Since 2014, my art has been selected each year to be included in the American Art Collector.

 

“Rhapsody in Blue” Acrylic and Oil on Canvas, 36” x 48”by artist MarianneB Van Der Haar. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Rhapsody in Blue” Acrylic and Oil on Canvas, 36” x 48”

 

In addition to creating art for display in homes and galleries, I also teach personalized, small-group classes for both adults and children at my home studio.

 

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