Marianne Nicholls

Marianne lives in  St Just, on the Penwith peninsular of  Cornwall. The inspiration for her current work is firmly embedded in the Cornish Coast.  She regularly walks along the coast with her dog, immersing herself in the wild and unpredictable landscape. Beach-combing is a favourite hobby that she shares with her son and a number of their finds have been starting points for her paintings.

Back in the studio, using sketches, photographs and found objects  as reference tools, Marianne builds her  compositions through gestural mark making. Her creative process is expressive, energetic and dynamic, mimicking the landscape and the elements. The resulting paintings do not offer a visual reality but instead they aim to portray her experience of the landscape and capture the essence of place in a moment in time.

“I use a mixture of both intuitive and considered techniques to reflect my personal response to an environment. I hope that my work in turn brings that experience to the viewer and resonates with them”

Marianne works primarily with acrylics, ink and charcoal. Works range from small paper pieces to large scale paintings on canvas or wood. Her reputation has been steadily growing and she is a talent to watch.  She has exhibited widely in Cornwall.  This will be her first show outside of Cornwall



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