About

Mari  has been featured in galleries and shows throughout California. The beautifully flowing motion and electric colors in her abstract figurative work capture the attention of the viewer

Artist’s Statement

I am inspired by dance, the human figure and the incredible beauty of my native Bay Area landscapes which define my figurative abstract paintings.  I see the connections between the energies of these and depict the fluidity of these patterns.  I'm passionate about the motion of figures and the energy that flows between them.  I have an ongoing interest in storytelling, mythology and archetypes.

I begin my artwork in abstraction, very spontaneously, letting layers of color and line build up.  Often my art becomes a dreamscape  catching a moment in a story, such as a journey, discovery, communion with nature, ecstatic states, or prayer. I love brilliant color and use layers of gels, washes and pastels to create texture and line   I have a lot of fun doing my art and the process often surprises me.

I have been traveling all my life, in Western Europe, the Yucatan, British Columbia, Mexico and Hawaii.  The museums of Western Europe still draw me there and give an intercultural influence to my work.

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Mari has served on the PR committee of the ICB Artists Association and has been a member of ICBAA from 2006 to 2018. She served on the board of Artisans Gallery in Mill Valley and was  a member of Marin MOCA  serving on the Gallery Committee in 2012.    Mari served on the Visual Arts Committee of the Sebastopol Center for the Arts for three years. She was a member of The Cultural Arts Council of Sonoma County and the Marin Arts Council.   

Her background includes being an art consultant representing modern masters such as  Miro, Chagall, Dali, Alexander Calder in San Francisco and north bay galleries for many years. She became a director of sales and opened an art brokerage in Mill Valley.  She changed careers opening a Clinical Hypnotherapist practice for 7 years helping clients with goal visualization, dreamwork and intuitive development.  She has been a partner in Sausalito Art and Architecture for 12 years.  Mari has traveled from Hawaii to the Greek Islands concentrating on the northern hemisphere including  a summer spent at University of Mexico in Mexico City studying painting and drawing. She travels to France, Italy and Portugal exploring the museums and art galleries as well as the landscape and architecture of these areas.

Education:

University of California, Berkeley, CA
Comparative Literature,

University of Mexico, Mexico City
Painting and Drawing

University of Hawaii
Sculpture & Textile Design, Minor in Art History

San Francisco Art Institute
Sculpture and Drawing

GALLERIES

SOLO SHOWS

The Depot   Thockmorton, Mill Valley, CA 2016

Siren Salon, "Stand Up Women", San Anselmo, CA 2014

The Salon At The Top, "Stand Up Women", Mill Valley, CA 2013

Barefoot Art Gallery, Mill valley, CA 2007

TWO PERSON SHOWS

Madrigal Gallery and Wine Tasting Salon,  "Electric Colors" Sausalito, CA 2016

 Artisans Gallery, Mill Valley and San Rafael, CA 2004, 2005

GROUP SHOWS

Winter Open Studios icb, Sausalito, CA  20 to 30 pieces in private Studio 2006 to 2018

Marin Open Studios, icb, Sausalito,CA  20 to 25 pieces in private Studio 2006 to 2018

 Vigil’s Gallery, Nevada City, CA, 2004 to 2007

JURIED EXHIBITS

Juried by Donna Seagar into O' Hanlin Center Figurative Show, 2013

Juried by Tyson Underwood into Lagoon Show, Civic Center, CA 2011 & 2012

Juried by Marin MOCA juror into Figurative Show, San Rafael, CA, 2010

Juried by Marin Panel, Marin Civic Center Show, Marin, CA July, 2005 & 2006

Juried by   Jody Keane Artisans Gallery, Mill Valley, CA 2004                ,

Juried by Manuel Neri, Sebastopol Center for the Arts, CA

Juried by Sonoma county Panel, Art Trails, 20 to 25 pieces in studio, from 1999 to 2005 

Juried by Rene Di Rosa, Sebastopol Center for the Arts, CA,1998

AWARDS

Merit Award “Rainbow Woman” in “The Beauty of Woman” Show Juried by Jody Keane and M. Welle, Artisans Gallery, Mill Valley, CA

Honorable Mention 2004 Bodega Allied Arts Council, Fisherman’s Festival Show

PUBLICATIONS

Cover Art for Molecules and Women, a collection of short stories by Paola Giorgio. 2011

Artist Review March 10, 2008  CityStar San Francisco

Cover Art - March 2007 The Psychoactive Drug Journal for Physicians

Cover Art - The Mirror of IsisE Magazine

Artist as Activist show, reviewed by DeWitt Cheng – 2004

Art For Real – Art Reviews

Art Openings Ad - “THE CHANT”, a pastel – 2003 Sebastopol Center for the Arts

COMMISSIONS

Hearts Desire Beach, pastel landscape done on location Pt. Reyes, CA

Peace Angel, Large pastel painting for The Peace Garden, Mt. Shasta, CA

CORPRATE COLLECTIONS

Keker, Van Nest & Peters, Battery St, San Francisco, CA

Nik Zochia, New York, NY

The Gateway Peace Garden,  Mt Shasta, CA

Sebastopol Healing Center, Sebastopol, CA

Donations:

Pastel 32 X 40 "Into the Night"  to the Wendy Gruber Foundation for artists

Yearly donations to LymeLight Foundation for research on Lyme's disease.

Yearly donations to Doctors without Borders, 10 percent of art sales proceeds.

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