Artist Bio - Marie Green
Biography – Marie Green
Two art critics/assessors assessed me as an 'emerging artist' in a government valuation report so I guess that is what I am. Emerging at the age of 72 is rather delightful. After retiring from the IT world in 2005, my new husband and I moved to Agnes Water 1770 in Queensland. It is something of a paradise. I designed our new home to-be; we had it built and have now had over a decade of enjoying our private hill overlooking the Coral Sea and the rolling green valleys.
One day I knew I wanted to paint, so bought the oils, brushes, canvas, easel and set to work applying all the knowledge acquired during a four month to most of the major European art galleries in 1983. I had only learnt about oil paints as I found they had assets and techniques that really appealed to me. After quite a few trips down to the burning pile with disasters, I started to get the hang of it. I didn't want to take any workshops or lessons as I wanted to study and develop my own style. The following year 2008, I entered my first art show and won the Contemporary Section plus $1,000.00 prize. To my amazement, the other piece entered sold during the show. So I entered some more art shows and was a bit overwhelmed by the success.
Excluding a few of my very large nebula paintings, all my work sold with prices ranging from $150 to $4,000. Life has been very good to me and my bank account.
In 2013 I applied for a $3,000.00 grant from RADF to start the creation of an exhibition which I was told by Curators had never been done in Queensland. Thankfully, RADF gave me the full amount plus a further $1,000.00 and for the next 3 years it consumed my waking hours. The public gallery inked in my exhibition for 4 weeks in their main gallery for the middle of 2015. I shall never forget all the encouragement, help and support the Curator provided to me. First, my husband and I traveled around Queensland for three weeks gather stories and voice recording that may suit my theme of illustrating work that ordinary people did over a period of 100 years. I need each painting to present a living colour image beside an historic photograph and a voice recording where ever possible explaining the job. I freely confess that I cried when I saw all my 28 paintings hung so well in such a fine gallery.
I then needed to take a rather long spell from painting as was emotionally wrung out I think. Strange reaction though many other artists have said they had the same experience.
Now I am back and the easel and firing on all brushes and hues!
My Artshow Awards