Marlene was born in Toronto and moved to Vancouver Island in 1996. Since then she has lived in and has exhibited her artwork in Khartoum, Sudan, New York City, and Phnom Penh, Cambodia before settling in Victoria, BC.
Her artistic development is a result of the influential instructors at the Art Student League of New York, and artists in British Columbia. Visual experiences are her inspiration, so she generally works from photographs, using various techniques, and experimenting with medium choices such as graphite,charcoal/watercolour/pastels, acrylic and Kroma Crackle.
2017 Sooke Fine Art Show, “Little Drummer Girl Jaden”
2017 Royal Colwood Golf Club, “Little Drummer Girl Jaden”, “Sunning Rhinos”, “Komodo Dragon”
2016 Federation of Canadian Artist's Juried 75th Anniversary Exhibition, "Komodo Dragon", "Glory Days"
2016 Federation of Canadian Artist's Juried Spring Exhibition, "Willow on the Gorge", "Fisherman's Wharf #4"
2015 Federation of Canadian Artist's Juried Fall 2015 Show, "Blue on Blue".
2015 Federation of Canadian Artist's Juried ICON Art Show, "Komodo Dragon".
2015 Federation of Canadian Artist's Juried Annual International Representational Show (A.I.R.S), ”Fisherman’s Wharf Series #4”
2015 Artist in Residence at “ARTISHOW 2015” Coast Victoria Harbourside Hotel
2015 Federation of Canadian Artist’s Spring Show, “Girl with a Mirror” ( Honourable Mention), and, “Fisherman’s Wharf Series #3”
2013 Federation of Canadian Artist’s Juried Fall Show, “Peanut Butter and Jelly”
2013 Federation of Canadian Artist’s Juried Spring Show, “What a Catch”
2012 Artist in Residence at “ARTISHOW 2012” Hotel Grand Pacific
2012 Island Illustrator’s Society exhibit at The Royal Colwood Golf Club
2012 Colwood Rotary "Arts and Wine Festival” at Fort Rodd Hill
2012 The Takata Gardens at Glendale Gardens “Arts and Music in The Gardens ”
2012 Sooke Juried Fine Arts Show: “Monks Dream” of the Fisherman’s Wharf Series
2011 Solo show at The MOON UNDER WATER Pub “Black and White with Splashes of Colour”
2011 Artist in Residence at “ARTISHOW 2011” Hotel Chateau Victoria
2008 Sooke Juried Fine Arts Show: “Elephant Eye Series #3”
2008 Sydney Juried Fine Art Show: “Spotting” and “Boy in a Red Vest”
Artist StatementInspiration for my art is found everywhere, near and far. Having the opportunity to live abroad has expanded the art subjects used in many of my previous works. I work from my photos in graphite, pastel, charcoal, watercolour, and acrylic, and have discovered an excitng mix of watercolour/charcoal/pastel, and, Acrylic/Kromo Crackle
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