Building 5, Studio 509
Background: Marni earned her BFA from Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia, PA.
About the Artist: Marni’s vibrant watercolors represent her love for drawing, desire to create beauty and her inner joy. Her favorite subjects to paint are flowers, camels and scenes from her travels to the American West, Greece, Spain, Turkey, Russia, France and Haiti. Marni never travels without her sketchbook and mini painting supplies and is always ready to capture the spirit of the various cultures.
Marni teaches International Workshops in Laroque des Alberes, France (2014, 2015 and 2016), a Caribbean Cruise Workshop in January 2017 and Tuscany in June 2017 and October 2018. She also teaches Watercolor and Drawing at the Workhouse Arts Center, The Loft Art Center, Green Spring Gardens, as well as private students in her home studio. Her monthly Art Feast Workshop is very popular with beginners as well as more experienced painters because Marni teaches the thrilling and surprising things that watercolor can do as well as provide a safe place to experiment and be creative with positive encouragement from Marni and the other students.
Marni coordinates the Enrichment Program at Village of Hope School, Ganthier, in Haiti with www.villageofhopehaiti.org where she teaches Art classes every summer since 2007 to children ages 10 – 18 along with 14 other American and Haitian teachers of various hands on skills. As you might be able to tell, Marni loves to teach almost as much as she loves to paint.
Marni was an Artist in Residence in Dinan, France for the month of November 2016 where she focused on painting the town and surrounding areas. She had a solo exhibit at the Workhouse in April 2017 with all of the paintings created while in France and or inspired by her travels through France. Next she will be the Artist in Residence in Casa Na Ilha in Brazil in the Spring of 2018.
She worked as a freelance graphic artist after graduating but gradually transitioned to colored pencil and then to watercolors. Her primary medium is watercolor but she changes the surface on which she paints from paper to yupo (a slick plastic surface) to masa (rice paper), and canvas. Since watercolor acts different on each surface it is almost like changing mediums and the thrill of not knowing just what will happen makes each painting exciting.
Marni has a studio and exhibits continuously at the Workhouse Arts Center, participates in local group shows and has had a solo show about once a year for the past 17 years. She has won numerous awards for her watercolors. Marni also has a studio at the Loft Art Center in Occoquan. She is a member of the Springfield Art Guild, National Watercolor Society and the Potomac Valley Watercolorists, a juried organization of professional watercolorists.