About Marian

Until recently based in Sydney’s Northern Beaches I have now moved to the Lower Blue Mountains.  I make original art and architectural mosaic for private and public spaces.  Originally trained in fine art and in theatre, I have been working exclusively in mosaic since 2003 and have furthered my mosaic education in Italy, the UK, USA and New Zealand including:

  • Advanced mosaic workshop with Sonia King, West Dean, UK, 2013 
  • Masterclass with Guilio Menossi, Austin, Tx, 2010
  • Masterclass with Lynn Chinn, San Diego 2009
  • Mosaic Art School, Ravenna, Italy - 2006
  • Advanced Mosaic Workshop with Sonia King, Auckland, NZ, 2005
  • Smalti Workshop with Martin Cheek – Sydney 2004
  • Mosaic techniques, City Lit, London 2002 and 2003
  • Dartington College of Arts, Devon - 1973-4

A multi-award winning artist, my work is shown and collected both in Australia and internationally. Public and commercial commissions are in Sydney and many private commissions are in Sydney, Melbourne, the USA, UK and Canada.  About 70% of my work is commission, and you can find more information about the commission process here.

My work has also been featured in a variety of books and magazines and on television. I was recently invited to represent Australia at the first Internatonal Symposium of Contemporary Mosaic in Ploaghe, Sardinia, Italy.

Mosaic has existed as an art form for thousands of years. As a contemporary artist, I am fascinated by the creative tension of using ancient techniques and traditional materials to make modern art.  My pieces are often inspired by the materials I use and by the contrasts that I can achieve by mixing different textures in the same piece: the roughness of marble against the smoothness of glass. The density of colour in smalti and the softness of unglazed ceramic.

I am also interested in the play of colour over a large area and the way in which colour itself can lend movement and dimension to an artwork.  For studio work, I often work in series which allows me to explore a theme in depth.   The first reaction to my work is often an outstretched hand and I am always delighted by this response.

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