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.
Website: Verena Marmion
|2016||Dr Sketchy Perth, Home Grown Festival Gosnells Winner of best picture of burlesque model |
|2014||Moora Agricultural Show|
Winner of watercolour section and awarded Best Artwork in Show
|2013/2012||Cultural Tastes Cafe, Perth|
Displayed and sold artwork to cafe patrons
|2012||Buddhist Society of Western Australia, Perth Supplied two artworks for public auction as a fundraiser and provided a design for a Christmas card|
|2012||Town of Cambridge Community Centre, Perth Solo exhibition of watercolours |
|2011||Leederville Tango Club, Perth|
Produced a 12x 12 foot mural in consultation with tango club members
|2011||Watercolour Society of Western Australia, Annual Exhibition, Perth Displayed and sold artwork as part of a group exhibition |
|2009||Lyceum Alpineum, St Moritz Solo Exhibition of Swiss landscapes|
|2003||Monash University Graduate Exhibition, Melbourne |
Displayed installation artwork