"Softness Fades Away"
20" x 16" x 1.5"
Artist: Marianne Nielsen
Tell us a bit about yourself I am a self taught artist and began painting about 3 years ago. I paint daily and I am active on social media, mostly Instagram where I have sold a number of pieces nationally and internationally. I create atmospheric art and currently I am exploring a softer more feminine energy to my work. I am influenced by nature and music. Painting is cathartic and gives me permission to explore my emotions...all my emotions, both negative and positive. I benefit by learning to embrace my negative emotions with as much gusto, joy, acceptance and excitement as I do the positive ones, and this affords me the opportunity to build my confidence, trust in my process, and feel complete as I express my deepest self on the canvas.
What inspires you? Music mostly along with nature.
The method behind the madness My paintings are created layer by layer. I tend to have many often scraping back to reveal the layers below. I use heavy bodied acrylics, fluid acrylics and acrylic inks, along with marking making tools such as china markers, oil pastels and watercolour crayons. For tools I use palette knives, bowl scrapers, sponges, and brushes.
We'd love to get to know a bit more about you I am retired and my other main interest is my horse who I have owned for 4 years and he is now 18. He is a retired thoroughbred. Most of my time spent with him is doing liberty work, although I do ride every now and then. In my past life I was an accountant and worked predominantly in the oil and gas industry out West as well as a consultant for small companies. When my children were young I wrote children's stories, poems and books. My books were never published but I had stories and poems published both on and off the internet. I also enjoy knitting and have knit several scandinavian sweaters.
Tell us a story Selling my first piece was beyond exciting and I still feel that way with every piece I sell. It is this that has inspired me to continue, plus when I was creating in soft pastels I was mentored by Debora Stewart and she encouraged me to continue with my art as she said I had a good sense of colour and creating abstract work.