Marianne B. Vanderhaar

Marianne was born in Northern Germany and lived most of her younger years in The Netherlands. In the early 1980's, she spent four years in Tanzania, in East Africa, before returning to The Netherlands, once again, for a career in Interior Design. In 1993, she moved to Atlanta, where she started painting, in 1995. "I picked up the paints and my future just came to me and exploded," explains Marianne about her vivid, bold artwork. Over the years, her supply cabinet has expanded to include other materials such as ink, sand, copper powder, marble powder, firewood ashes and textiles. To satisfy her creative needs, Marianne throws out formal rules and discovers new ways: "Every time I work with my tools of choice - plastic cards, my fingers, scrapers, pallet knives - the result is always unique and a pleasant surprise." Her styles range from pure abstract to human and nature-inspired art pieces.

The abstract works are evocations of emotions, energy and visions. The flower and figure paintings are a more concrete vision of what she sees, senses, and feels in the world, in the environment, and in the seasons of the year.

She often paints while listening to music and enjoying a cup of coffee or a glass of wine.

"I paint because I enjoy it and because I need to give back some of what I take from my life. It is not just a practice of art; for me it is also the way one perceives the world and the way one lives."

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