Hi! I’m Marnie - an arting (it’s a word because I added it to my dictionary), introspective, color-loving, outside-the-box creative.
I say ”creative” because everything I do on this planet, including art, I do in my own intuitive, shades of grey way. I wouldn’t say I push boundaries as much as ignore them completely, while still maintaining exciting color theories and dynamic compositions.
While 2D mixed media works are my match made in heaven, I am constantly dabbling in loads of other art forms including photography, sewing, sculpting, and art journaling… wherever my eyes and hands take me.
There is a personal story in each of my works that I hope art lovers see, as well as find their own personal narratives in my work. It’s all about connection for me; connection to the work and connection to people.
I was born in Southern California and I have moved a lot (7 states and Spain)! Luckily I like change and it has made me very adaptable. I studied art all through middle and high school and was accepted to The Otis Art Institute of Parsons School of Design in Los Angeles. Instead, I got married and did the family thing.
While raising my family, I enjoyed many creative hobbies, took a lot of art classes, and even owned a successful online custom costume shop selling all over the world. But those creative outlets weren’t "the dream" - which was to be a full time fine artist.
So in 2012 I decided it was time to pursue the dream. I bought a large canvas and created my first ”real” hang-on-the-wall art piece. It was time to go for broke. I entered a major publishing competition and damn if it wasn't selected and published. It was exciting and terrifying all at the same time. Now I could own the title "Artist" and there was no turning back.
Today I use my art to tell stories of my experiences and work through the emotions associated with them. I love that the end result helps other people with their own emotional struggles and can bring extra beauty into their lives, something I believe we all need.
If you’ve gotten this far, we would likely make great friends. You can keep in touch with me by signing up below and I’ll send you occasional updates on my art practice and things going on in my career.
And if you’re ever in Raleigh, let me know so we can grab a cup of coffee at my favorite shop.
Marnie J Blum