Featured Artist Marianne Hornbuckle

Marianne Hornbuckle’s ethereal, mystical abstract paintings reflect her journey as an artist. View more of her portfolio on her website.


abstract painting by Marianne Hornbuckle

“Impermanence” acrylic on board, 24″ x 24″


I want to share my idea of reality. It’s beautiful!


abstract painting by Marianne Hornbuckle

“Source” acrylic on canvas, 36″ x 48″


Growing up an awkward buck-toothed Yankee in a totally southern town, I found my “talent” early and planned to be an artist from the second grade on. A dresser full of art supplies, art classes and reading material occupied every spare moment into my teens. I was exposed to many different materials in my after school classes.


abstract painting by Marianne Hornbuckle

“Surrender” acrylic on board, 24″ x 24″


At eighteen, the ideal of what a 1950’s woman should be asserted itself, so I attended the University of Texas in Austin and got a certificate to teach English. I married and settled into the conventional suburban life of lawyer’s wife—mother and housewife—but not artist. Unhappy and unfulfilled, I knew there had to be more. I turned again to art.


abstract painting by Marianne Hornbuckle

“Losing the Blues” acrylic on canvas, 40″ x 30″


I rediscovered watercolor, this time in tubes. Within a few years I had mastered it and developed a distinctive style. I found myself sliding sideways (I’m a Cancerian), trying to manage art, children, a difficult marriage and a part-time job, and I developed a stress-caused auto-immune illness. It became obvious that change was needed to regain my health—keep the children, develop the art and return to my earliest dream.


abstract painting by Marianne Hornbuckle

“After Certainty – Mystery” acrylic on canvas, 36″ x 48″


Galleries and art consultants stepped in to support me. I began to win prizes and gained membership to AWS, NWS, and NAWA. By age forty, I was beginning my full-time professional art career.


abstract painting by Marianne Hornbuckle

“Echoes of Memory” acrylic on canvas, 60″ x 30″


I joined forces with William Preston, a New England landscape painter who had relocated to Houston and we moved to Santa Fe in 1983. Our life together developed as we painted for galleries and travelled regionally and on the East coast, gathering materials in locations across the Southwest and painting landscapes. Over the next twenty years, I painted watercolor and then acrylic landscapes, sold monotypes and made tinwork niches with nudes and flower portraits. Bill focused on oil landscapes, then sumi-e.


abstract painting by Marianne Hornbuckle

“Finding My Center” acrylic on canvas, 40″ x 40″


Then, at last, I arrived at abstraction!


abstract painting by Marianne Hornbuckle

“Love is the Dance” acrylic on board, 24″ x 24″


Bill and I were like two peas and had a true “art life” with its attendant fat and lean times. We were committed to hard work and a belief that our lives as artists would just work out somehow if we were true to it. We were nourished by late dinners with classical music and conversation about Eastern philosophies and the metaphysical.


abstract painting by Marianne Hornbuckle

“March of Spring” acrylic on board, 24″ x 24″


Five years ago at almost eighty-five, William moved to the field of souls. I am now seventy-seven and alone. My days are filled with good friends and lively conversation. I’m continually growing my art and learning new ways for our new world. I call this last chapter “Dancing with Infinity.” I am still drawn to explore the big themes and questions about life and reality. My innate curiosity keeps me looking forward to each day.


abstract painting by Marianne Hornbuckle

“New Paradigm” acrylic on canvas, 48″ x 36″


I am grateful always. I am living my dream.


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  1. THank you so much, Artsy Shark – great feature! Couldn’t have said it better myself!!

  2. Stephanie Nadolski says

    Good to see your current body of work. This year has been a challenge but we persevere.

  3. Jean marc RICHEL says

    Wonderful job with your cosmic portefolio & story.love it

  4. Wonderful article and beautiful paintings. The heart of the matter.

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