Marion makes collages, a term derived from the French “coller,” to glue.
Marion has been “gluing” since childhood. She would tear apart the Sear Catalogue making paper doll cut-outs. It wasn’t until Marion took early retirement and enrolled in Fine Arts at Kwantlen College that art took a more serious role in her life.
Marion’s style of collaging is to create recognizable images from paper and mixed media. Cut-out shapes and pieces are arranged and glued onto a board to create the desired effect of mimicking a painter’s brush strokes. Mixed media such as other papers, paint ink, pastels, complete some collages. She uses a lot of magazine paper because of their brilliant colours, appearance of texture and already conceived images.
While collage has been Marion’s main artistic focus, she also enjoys painting the beautiful landscapes of the Okanagan Valley. Retired life here is paradise, not only for living in the surrounding beauty, but also for developing as an artist. She has grown through membership in the Oliver Sagebrushers Art Club, learning new techniques from her peers, and through a variety of workshops.
Marion’s inspiration has many sources, but one of the most fascinating has been through her association with the Ripoff Artists. “It’s a great privilege to be part of such a fun and talented group.”