about…

MY WORK:

Like the landscapes that inspire them, my abstract mixed media paintings are not static; there is a fluidity and softness to their makeup. I try to evoke the constant shift of weather and light on a place and this is reflected in the sense of movement and change in the work itself. Billowing colour, a play of line and mark, and the layering and wiping back of paint, give a sense of seeing through and beyond the surface.

Places that prompt my artworks range from the North Norfolk saltmarsh coast or the rugged coastline of Cornwall, to the light-filled stretches of the Venetian lagoon. I sketch on location but in the studio I’m an intuitive and experimental painter working from memory, using a variety of media to evoke my experience of a place rather than a recognisable representation.
BIOGRAPHY:

I grew up in Manchester close to the brooding Pennine hills and studied art and design at Stockport College in the 1980s. I moved to the Isle of Skye in 1995, where I lived for 15 years. Inspired by the incredible landscape I increasingly painted and exhibited my abstracted artworks. I now live in Norfolk, working full-time as a contemporary mixed-media artist, inspired by a very different but no less challenging landscape of saltmarshes, coastline and reedbeds.

In the last few years I have exhibited several times at the Mall Galleries, London: in the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colour exhibition 2016, 2017, 2018; as a finalist in Artist & Illustrator Magazine’s ‘Artist of the Year’ 2016; and a finalist in The Sunday Times Watercolour Competition 2014. I have also had work selected for the Royal Watercolour Society’s Contemporary Watercolour Competition 2018 and 2019 at the Bankside Gallery, London. I exhibit throughout the UK and my work is held in national and international private collections.

I am a member of the Institute of East Anglian Artists (IEA).
SELECTED EXHIBITIONS:

2019:
Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours Open, Mall Galleries.
Royal Watercolour Society ‘Contemporary Watercolours’, Bankside Gallery.
‘Restlessness – the East Anglian Landscape’ Gallery East, Woodbridge, Suffolk.
‘Urban landscape’ Gallery East, Woodbridge, Suffolk.
Bils & Rye, mixed exhibition, Kirkbymoorside, North Yorkshire.

2018:
Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours Open, Mall Galleries.
Royal Watercolour Society ‘Contemporary Watercolours’, Bankside Gallery.
Gallery Different, London, mixed exhibition with Sheridan Russell Gallery.
Claremont Contemporary Art, mixed exhibition, Sevenoaks, Kent.
Bils & Rye, mixed exhibition, Kirkbymoorside, North Yorkshire.
‘Fragile coast’ solo exhibition, Grapevine Gallery, Burnham Market, Norfolk.

2017:
Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours Open, Mall Galleries.
Thompsons Gallery, Aldeburgh, Autumn Exhibition.
Summer exhibition, Cricket Fine Art, Chelsea, London.
‘Painters’, Black Barn, Cockley Cley, Norfolk.
‘Across the water’, Artichoke Gallery, East Sussex.

2016:
Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours Open, Mall Galleries.
‘Salt & Sand’ solo exhibition, Grapevine Gallery, Burnham Market, Norfolk.
Cley Contemporary 16, curated exhibition, North Norfolk.
Artists & Illustrators’ Artist of the Year Finalist, Mall Galleries, London.

2015:
‘PAiNT’, The Undercroft, Norwich, Norfolk.
The Sutton Gallery, Edinburgh.
Thompsons Gallery, Aldeburgh, Mixed exhibitions.
Grapevine Gallery, Burnham Gallery, Norfolk, Mixed exhibitions.

2014:
Finalist, Sunday Times Watercolour Exhibition, Mall Galleries.
‘Coastlines’ solo exhibition, Greyfriars Art Space, King’s Lynn.
Thompsons Gallery, Aldeburgh, Mixed exhibitions.
Grapevine Gallery, Burnham Gallery, Norfolk, Mixed exhibitions.

SELECTED PRESS & PUBLICATIONS:

‘Painting clouds and skies in oils’, (book) Mo Teeuw, Crowood Press 2017
‘Blyth Spirit’, (book) Alan Marshall, Mascot Media 2014
‘How artists see East Anglian Places’, (book) Green Pebble 2010
The Artist Magazine, July 2016 (feature)

10 thoughts on “about…

    • I have Nigel, and no it’s not a daft question 😉
      my life as a serious artist took off when I lived on Skye, so much inspiration, you can imagine!
      the move to Norfolk was challenging from the inspiration side of things. though we both love living here, it’s taken a couple of years to find my new passion – the saltmarsh coast; it has a bleak beauty and grandeur all of its own. Norfolk is also well placed for exploring other areas of UK and Europe, so I can see upcoming bodies of work inspired by the North York Moors and Venice.

      • Hello Mari…

        Thanks I knew you had lots of new work from your wonderful paintings on this blog but its that exact transition I was wondering about.

        When I moved to Ireland I had to change a lot of my own visual interests and this took time like yourself. I love your Salt march images Mari and I can see how you can and will dig very deep into these areas as a source for your work.

        I am just starting to look at the peat bogs as I love the work of this artist http://www.pastelsocietyofireland.org/#/sam-mateer/4568792497

        I may even get painting and drawing again!

        Thank you Mari

        Nigel

        • I can imagine the peat bogs of Ireland would be an interesting source of inspiration, Neil. Those pastel images remind me very much of parts of Skye and the Uists. My mum was from Northern Ireland, though her family originated in Co Clare, so you never know, I may end up painting over there one day 🙂
          Thanks for the interesting feedback and chat!

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