Using acrylics on canvas and a hard edge technique, Marian employs abstraction, vibrant colour and flowing line in her interpretations of the rhythms inherent in nature, the human form and blues music. She adopts a minimalist approach in her representations of landscapes and seascapes which are often devoid of human figures and wildlife. In this way, she seeks to highlight the elemental and spiritual nature of her environment. Memory is a theme in some of her work – recalling her childhood migration by sea and her former home by the sea. Marian is also interested in portraiture.
A finalist in the 'Hidden Faces: The 2018 Salon des Refuses'; the 'Who is Looking at You' Portrait Award, 2018 & 2015; the Portia Geach Memorial Award, 2017; the ANL Maritime Art Award in 2017 & 2015 and the Flanagan Art Prize in 2017 & 2016; Marian has won many awards in the Gippsland region. The most recent of these is for Best Portrait at the Artists' Society of Phillip Island's Easter Exhibition, 2018. Marian has held two solo exhibitions and participated in a number of group exhibitions. She is represented by Town & Country Gallery, Yarragon; Mingara Gallery, Cowes and has exhibited at Quadrant Gallery, Hawthorn and Cambridge Studio Gallery, Collingwood.
Doctor of Philosophy, Faculty of Arts, Monash University (1996)Bachelor of Arts, Chisholm Institute of Technology (1988) Higher Diploma of Teaching Secondary (Art & Crafts), Melbourne State College (1970)
Portia Geach Memorial Award, S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney 2017; ANL Maritime Art Award, Mission to Seafarers, Melbourne, 2017 & 2015; NAB Flanagan Art Exhibition, St Patricks College, Ballarat, 2017 & 2016; Who is Looking at You? Portrait Exhibition, Cambridge Studio Gallery, Collingwood, 2018, 2015; Camberwell Art Show, Hawthorn, 2015.
Solo Exhibitions Mr Perceval Cafe, East Malvern, 2014 LiTTLE ArtSpace, Milawa, 2011
Selected Group Exhibitions: Crossing the Bridge: recent work by six Phillip Island artists, Meeniyan Art Gallery, Meeniyan, 2017; Summer, Quadrant Gallery, Hawthorn, 2014 &2013; Cowes Contemporary Art Exhibition, Cowes, Phillip Island 2014 The Great Southern Portrait Prize, Foster, 2014 Gate/Space, Blue Pig Gallery, Wonthaggi, 2013 Bass Coast Showcase, Blue Pig Gallery, Wonthaggi, 2012 Demi Art Competition, Mingara Gallery, Cowes, 2010 jazzArt Exhibition, Wangaratta 2009, 2010, 2011 Joint Exhibitions Form & Rhythm (with Helen Hill), Blue Pig Gallery, Wonthaggi, 2013 Figure(ing) Landscape (with Helen Hill), Flour Mill Gallery, Euroa, 2012 Reflections (with Heather Carroll), Community Hub Gallery, Inverloch, 2011
Formative influences include Gauguin, Roualt, Toulouse Lautrec, Art Nouveau design.