Verena MARMION - Watercolour Society of WA Inc

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I still recall the joy of those first painting experiences using a cheap plastic child’s brush and watercolour palette with bright round discs of paint. When I was growing up my family house had some beautifully executed watercolour paintings on it’s walls. These sparked my interest in painting watercolours. One of the paintings was a depiction of the Blue Mosque in Istanbul. The exotic painting of Istanbul had made such an impression on me; I took a university exchange in Turkey for a year during my Bachelor of Fine Art. After doing a graduate Diploma in Art Therapy, I took up watercolours more seriously while teaching English in Switzerland. Watercolour is a great media for somebody who travels a lot because it is so compact. By the time I had reached 30 I had spent over six years living internationally. In this time I found a great deal of inspiration visiting the old towns and galleries of Europe. In 2010 I returned to Australia to do a Masters in Teaching specializing in Visual Art.

Though I enjoy painting a range of subjects, including landscapes, cityscapes and flower arrangements, my current favorite subject matter is figurative. I take a particular interest in dancers. This is inspired by the hours of my childhood spent beside the dancer floor while my parents taught ballroom. More recently, I have done a series of maternity art paintings exploring my own pregnancy experience.

I have a passion for teaching as well as my own painting. Watercolour can be a tricky medium and some people are quickly disheartened when they do not get immediate results.  I use my knowledge as an experienced teacher to design courses that build students competency with a carefully structured activities. I particularly enjoy teaching beginners as they first discover the spontaneity, brilliance and versatility of watercolours. At present I teach at Jackson’s Drawing supplies in Cannington Perth and Victoria Park Arts Centre in East Victoria Park. Please see my website for details.

Art Achievements
2016Dr Sketchy Perth, Home Grown Festival Gosnells   Winner of best picture of burlesque model
2014Moora Agricultural Show
Winner of watercolour section and awarded Best Artwork in Show
2013/2012Cultural Tastes Cafe, Perth
Displayed and sold artwork to cafe patrons

2012Buddhist Society of Western Australia, Perth Supplied two artworks for public auction as a fundraiser and provided a design for a Christmas card
2012Town of Cambridge Community Centre, Perth Solo exhibition of watercolours
2011Leederville Tango Club, Perth
Produced a 12x 12 foot mural in consultation with tango club members

2011Watercolour Society of Western Australia, Annual Exhibition, Perth Displayed and sold artwork as part of a group exhibition
2009Lyceum Alpineum, St Moritz Solo Exhibition of Swiss landscapes
2003Monash University Graduate Exhibition, Melbourne
Displayed installation artwork

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