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Marni Manning

Marni Manning

Artist Work

In a Week
2016
Colored Pencil
Magpie
2016
Watercolor
Cow Skull
2016
Watercolor
Eden
2015
Colored Pencil
Silent Lady
2016
Watercolor
Cello
2015
Colored Pencil

Artist Information

County
Frederick County
Artistic Category

Visual Arts

Artist Statement

I was in my early 20s when I moved to South Korea, where I met and married my husband. My interactions with this country and the people there moved me towards art, where I could express my joys and hurts through my pencil and paintbrush. Painting and drawing is as comfortable as breathing to me. I make watercolor paintings and colored pencil drawings in a folk, “Naive Art” style. The subjects in my work are influenced by European, Asian, and American architecture, textiles, and nature. It’s not often that I plan a painting in advance. I’ll start with a line from a song, or a vibrant color from a flower or tree, a conversation with someone, and let it grow from there. The art that comes out organically features skulls, skeletons, and graves, all entwined with nature. I’m fascinated by the differences among people and how people choose to divide themselves. In fact, what I prefer to focus on goes deeper than a culture difference, a custom, or even skin color. I want to point out the heart of people - or rather, the bones. Underneath our skin we all have the same bones; we have the same desires, hopes, and fears. We pain ourselves with our differences, but love can blossom when we choose to accept each other as we are.

Artist Bio

I'm an artist from North Carolina, but recently moved to Maryland with my husband after spending some years in South Korea. I work mainly in watercolor and colored pencil, and I'm addicted to color.

I’m inspired by my travels and am especially intrigued by folk art from other cultures. I try to incorporate all that I’ve seen and enjoyed abroad into my art. I love using bright colors, clean lines, and fun details. You’ll find a mix of flora, fauna, people, architecture, and skeletons throughout my work.

For commissions, collaborations, or compliments, email me, I would love to hear from you.