Hellebores in a Jenny Wren Pot
Oil on canvas by Marie Robinson.
Marie says of the piece. "The black porcelain pot was made by a friend and I bought it from her knowing how lovely it would look with white flowers. So when I spotted some white hellebores at a local farm shop I knew they would go together perfectly."
The painting measures 30cm x 30cm and is supplied framed in a white tray frame with an overall size of 37cm x 37cm x 3.5cm deep.
About Marie Robinson
Marie has drawn and painted all her life but initially studied Chemistry on leaving school and then had a family before she was able to pursue her artistic passion fully. Marie first studied art with the Open College of the Arts and then undertook an Access to Art and Design course at North Oxfordshire School of Art. After successfully completing this she moved on to study part time for a Fine Art degree with De Montfort University, graduating in 2002 with First Class Hons. During, and after, this time Marie also worked part-time as a picture researcher and librarian for a photographer. Since 2007 she has concentrated on developing her painting.
Marie’s work is exhibited regularly, both nationally and internationally, and at the Affordable Art Fairs. She has had work selected for The Sunday Times Watercolour Competition, The Lynn Painter Stainers Prize Exhibition, The National Open Art Competition, the Society of Women Artists open exhibition and also for The ING Discerning Eye exhibition. The latter on four separate occasions, winning the ING Discerning Eye Staff Purchase Prize in 2014.
Marie currently works from her studio in south Buckinghamshire.
Marie’s artistic practice focuses on painting, underpinned by close observational drawing. She has a continuing engagement with thematic collections and is inspired by the history and associations inherent in ordinary objects and materials, particularly from the domestic environment. She is interested in the arrangement, combination and repetition of these familiar items and the narrative, atmosphere or resonances which can be evoked by the considered choices of subject and composition. Marie enjoys playing on their anthropomorphic qualities and also likes to move away from static surface arrangements by creating more complex and less ordered compositions of objects as if caught in a moment of movement in space.
Working from a contemporary perspective rooted in the tradition of realistic still life painting, she paints directly from life and employs a representational style to evoke the qualities of the subject which first attracted her attention, without losing the physicality of oil paint on a flat surface. The use of a minimal background with soft, directional light ensures the emphasis of the painting focuses uncompromisingly on the subjects and their relationships.