- Mari Aaronsouth is an award winning artist represented in private collections in the U.S., Mexico and Canada. She 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.
A San Francisco native, I have always been surrounded by incredible natural beauty and have had an ongoing interest in storytelling, mythology and archetypes. I enjoy painting the landscape and the human form. I begin my artwork in abstraction, very spontaneously, letting layers of color and line build up.
Often my art becomes a dreamscape with elements of both that come together, catching a moment in a story, such as a journey, discovery, communion with nature, ecstatic states, or prayer. Lines and colors connect the forms depicting the connectedness between all things. 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 hope to share some of this with the viewer.
Mari has served on the Visual Arts Committee of the Sebastopol Center for the Arts for three years. She is a member of The Cultural Arts Council of Sonoma County and the Marin Arts Council.
She served on the PR committee of the ICB artists committee and has been a member of ICBAA from 2006 to 20014. She is also a member of Marin MOCA.
Her background includes being an art consultant representing the modern masters in San Francisco and north bay galleries for many years. She was a practicing Clinical Hypnotherapist for 7 years helping clients with goal visualization, dreamwork and intuitive development. Mari has traveled from Hawaii to the Greek Islands concentrating on the northern hemisphere except for 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. Her travels create a global and intercultural perspective that inspires her art.
University of California, Berkeley, CA
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
2007 Barefoot Art Gallery, Mill Valley, CA
2004-2005 Artisans Gallery, Mill Valley and San Rafael, CA
2003 – 2007 Vigil’s Gallery, Nevada City, CA
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
Cover Art for Molecules and Women, a collection of short stories by Paola Giorgio. 2011
Artist Review March 10, 2008CityStar 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
Hearts Desire Beach, pastel landscape done on location Pt. Reyes, CA
Peace Angel, Large pastel painting for The Peace Garden, Mt. Shasta, CA
Nik Zochia, New York, NY
The Gateway Peace Garden, Mt Shasta, CA
Sebastopol Healing Center, Sebastopol, CA