Marianne has always been interested in the creative process, but since retiring from her career as a primary educator, she has had more time to devote to art. She is primarily a self-taught artist, enhancing her skills through workshops and interactions with other like minds over the past ten plus years. She works primarily in watercolours with occasional forays into other mediums. Her focus is mainly on subjects in the natural world and on the human form. She has long been drawn to the works of artists like Georgia O’Keefe, Lawren Harris as well as other impressionists, but her travel experiences and interactions with the natural world have also influenced her way of approaching her art. She has studied with Brent Laycock and Susan Wolgar and Joseph Cross, among several others. Her longtime mentor was local artist, MaryAnn Bidder. She is one of the founding members of the painting group that is based in the Kimberley Arts Centre and remains involved in its ongoing operations. She also takes an active part in the arts community in general. Marianne’s works have appeared in several galleries in the Kootenays and are in private collections from British Columbia to Newfoundland as well as the United States. When she isn’t travelling she resides in Kimberley, British Columbia.