Hi – my name is Marianne – many call me Mi – and welcome to Colours on Grey.
I run a small artistic business from my website and studio set in rural NSW, Australia .
I am first and foremost a painter creating colourful abstract and modern paintings from which I also makes prints and cards. However, my enjoyment of working with paper and fabric and incorporating different textures into my works has led me into creations of versatility – including collages and ceramics.
I grew up in Denmark spending most of my childhood holidays either at my grandparent’s farm or in the lovely town of Menton on the Mediterranean south coast of France. I migrated to Australia in my thirties to pursue a lifelong dream of living a creative life in relaxing and tranquil (or ‘hyggelige’ in Danish) surroundings.
Initially I wanted to write, but after moving to Australia I had to accept that my English wasn’t nearly good enough and writing in Danish seems a bit too strange, when you are surrounded by another language. I started working with clay in my younger years, always being fascinated by the way the clay can transform into a bowl on a fast spinning wheel. For many years ceramics were my main focus, – but I went back to painting – something I’ve always been doing (mainly on my clay works) – but this time taking it more seriously.
I create colourful abstract paintings incorporating lots of texture using paper and fabrics. Through my art I unite artistic impressions from two continents and cultures, which over time has fused and become my own unique style.
I participated in my first group exhibition in the late 90’ties and had my first solo exhibition in 2007.
I started sewing in the 1980’s and have participated in countless numbers of courses and workshops. It’s a skill I set a side for years and then pick it up again. Incooperating fabric into my paintings seems like a natural progressing of my fasination with fabrics. A passion for paper initiated the creation of cards and collages in 2002. I love working with paper and fabric, especially re-cycled, and it gives me a nice break away from the paintbrush.
I stopped working with clay as I was getting more and more into my painting. A couple of years ago I took it up again, and I think it might be something I like to dive into again in the near future.
Alongside my ambition to create, I have owned and managed a nice café, a small art gallery, an art supply retail store and now an online art business. In 2017 I started teaching painting and other creative/handmade classes. I love sharing my experiences and over the last two years I have had a couple of hundred students coming along to my workshops. It took me a little by surprise and a lot of time went into the workshop. So much so, I hardly had any time to create myself. So – I had to step back a bit and work out where I wanted my creative path to go.
I will continue running the workshops as sharing and creating with others has a big place in my heart, – but there will be fewer. I will continue painting and creating with clay as this has always been my passion. Hopefully one day I will be able to share these creation in an online shop here.
So all in all – I can happily say that I now live life creatively, just like I always dreamt about, – even if the dream was set in France and not in the Australian Bush. But that’s another story!
If you have any questions about me or my work, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
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You can also find me :
2019 Landliv | Solo exhibition at The Makers Shed, Glen Innes
2019 The Art Sale | Solo exhibition at Colours on Grey’s Art Space
2017 Winter Dialogue | Solo exhibition at Colours on Grey’s Art Space
2017 Launch & Opening Exhibition | Group Exhibition at The Tearoom Gallery
2016 Contemporary Art | Group Exhibition at The Glen Innes Art Gallery
2015 Spring Fling | Group Exhibition with fellow artists from Glen Innes
2014 Drawn by Inspiration | Group Exhibition at The Glen Innes Art Gallery
2013 Colour Connect | Solo exhibition with ceramicist M.Powell
2012 Golden Days | Group Exhibition with 10 fellow artists
2011 Abstraction | Solo Exhibition at 311 Grey Street – Glen Innes
2010 Open Studio Day | at own studio
2009 The Gift Box | Exhibition with fellow artists Anne Denise and Astrid Kriening
2009 Crossing New England 4 | Group exhibition at The Armidale Art Gallery
2009 Contemporary Trends | Group exhibition at The Glen Innes Art Gallery
2008 Tafe Student Art Exhibition | Group exhibition with fellow students
2008 The Art of Friendship | Group exhibition at Mosman Art Gallery
2008 Red Cross Art Exhibition | Group exhibition at Deepwater Arts Centre
2007 Lines of Existence | Solo exhibition at Mimosa Art Gallery
2006 Under Urban Influence | Group exhibition at Mimosa Art Gallery
2004 Summer Exhibition | Group exhibition at Mimosa Art Gallery
2004 Waste to Art Exhibition & Competition | Glen Innes Fine Art & Craft Society | First Prize Winner
2003 Tafe Student Art Exhibition | Group exhibition with fellow students at The Glen Innes Town Hall
2002 Annual Competitive Exhibition | Group Exhibition at Inverell Art Gallery
2001 Tin Town Exhibition | Group exhibition at Emmaville
2000 Blues Night Art Show | Group exhibition at Golden Wattle Galleries
1999 Arabian Night Art Show | Group exhibition at Golden Wattle Galleries