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May 2011

Marion Rose - Biography


Artist Statement

Color surprises, bold texture and generous paint have always drawn collectors to my work, and now the paintings are bigger than ever before. The abstract spirit of every subject is coming through more clearly with spontaneous gestures that involve my whole body. It's like a dance before the canvas, and the surface is coming alive!

This new direction is proving to be influential to my smaller work as well. It's fresher, with more dramatic compositions and a more immediate expression of essence



Her work is influenced by past masters such as Joaquin Sorolla, Tom Thomson, Carl Rungius, Bob Kuhn and many others that work today in a variety of subject and media. She also studied print making, life painting and drawing in college in her 30's.

The wonderful wild web is today's new frontier. An artist can reach far and wide to communicate with clients and make new connections all over the world now. Marion has recently had CD, magazine and novel covers to her credit, several schools and universities use her work for promotion, her paintings are used in TV documentary intros, and there's often a new article in the works in any one of a variety of media.

Her subjects come from her life. She travels enthusiastically as often as she can, both close to home or across the ocean. Sketching and studying animals are a favorite pastime, which sets an excellent foundation for creating authentic work.

Texture and rich color are her signature. Delicious paint applied generously by knife or brush strokes capture the essence of a subject's spirit and demeanor.

Marion was a prairie gal until her 30's when she moved to the West Coast. Two distinct histories to draw a wealth of inspiration from. Commercial art and design was the main focus until about 14 years ago when painting became a full time passion
. Unfortunately she fell victem to cancer and passed away November of 2011 but left a legacy of just over 1,000 paintings.

Following is a conversational article written about my work in the Daily Painter's Cafe Blog Nov 22/2010


This week in the DP Café

Meet artists Marion Rose

A Chat with artist Marion Rose

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How would you describe your painting style?

Expressive in many ways

What was your earliest indication that you wanted to be a painter?

When I saw my first "Draw Me" ad from Art Instruction Schools I was 10, and hounded them so bad with submissions that the day I turned 14 they signed me up. Charles Schultz was my teacher/critiquer.

Do you come from a painting family, or did you pick it up on your own?

Seems to have come out of the blue.

What is your favorite movie & why?

Many ... Dances With Wolves, Seabiscuit ... I like real history

Favorite book? Why?

My first art books then, and all 2000 of them now.

Favorite type of music? Why?

I like a real variety, usually choosing about 3 totally different artists to play daily. Maybe it depends on what I am painting?

Favorite color? Why?

All of them all open all at once!

For how long have you been painting daily?

For about 10 years now when I was able to let my commercial art business go.

Do you complete a painting every day?

At least a sketch. I have way too many unfinished for some reason ... maybe one of these days I'll finish 100 in 1 day!

What's your typical day like?

Thankful for every minute being able to do what I love most, making my own choices, living my dream, feeling good, creating a new experience every day .....

What have you had the most fun painting?

Anything that has excited me , a new trip, a new idea, fresh reference material .....

How would you like to be remembered?

As happy

What is your favorite room in your house?

My studio .... it's my private dance hall.

If you could have dinner with anyone famous, past or present, who would that be?

I'll have dinner with anyone ... as long as I'm not doing the cooking!

What are you most proud of in your life?

My daughter, and of course I take all the credit for her talent and attitude.

What is one thing about you that few people know?

I really got mad when Reader's Digest used to stick their ad page right on top of the page number index on the front! Someone finally clued them in ......

What are people most surprised to find out about you?

I am very successfully living with cancer.

What one word would you use to describe yourself?

......... there's always more to say ......

If there was a movie made about your life, would it be a comedy or a drama?

I think I would be the cartoon roadrunner outsmarting the wolf.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

I love the Internet, the chance to be real. We can create our own reality. What an opportunity to share and learn.


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