Light and colour are energetic components of my paintings that stimulate the senses. The excitement comes when the layers of paint build strong contrasts and the viewer can feel the warmth of sunlight and sense the mood of the moment captured. Transparent watercolor gives my work a light from within. Its fluidity and ability to mix on the paper creates fascinating surprises. On my palette are nine colours, to which I will add “guest” hues, to strengthen my message.
Marney-Rose was born in Napier, New Zealand and started to travel in her early twenties upon completing an apprenticeship. After living in Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide Australia, London England and Chicago USA, Vancouver Canada felt like “home”; it was time to put down roots. She has lived in this beautiful city since 1992. The next chapter unfolded when she met and married her soul mate, Gary.
A career spanning almost 30 years in the Graphic Arts/Printing industry has led to an opportunity for Marney-Rose to paint full time. She teaches workshops and demonstrates her techniques to local art clubs. Marney-Rose has been a member of the Federation of Canadian Artists since 2007, earning Senior signature status (SFCA) in 2013. Also she is an elected member of the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolor and the International Guild of Realism located in Scottsdale, Az. Her paintings have won many awards locally and internationally and she has been invited to write an article for the International Artist magazine. For more detailed information please visit www.marneyroseedge.com
Lalita discovered her artistic abilities in the final year of her Philosophy degree. While bored and stuck at a friend’s house in the Victorian snowstorm of 1996, Lalita selected a book of photos off the shelf and began to draw. This led to six more years of drawing, including regular classes in powdered graphite and further classes at the Vancouver Academy of Art, where she studied methods of the Old Masters for four years.
Yet it was not until a severe car accident in 2003, in which her husband was severely injured, that Lalita decided that “life is too short to wait”, and soon thereafter plunged herself full time into her passion for visual art. With fifteen years of teaching experience, an eye for composition and beauty and the philosophical training to discuss art, Lalita was the sole provider for her husband and daughter for five years.
Lalita has received many awards for her paintings and community involvement. She is a popular instructor and juror, and collectors are taking notice.
Lalita currently lives with her husband and three daughters in Langley, BC. She is also a writer, a philosopher, a coach, and a musician.
Art is now, and always will be, her life’s work.
“I create colourful representational paintings with a focus on the interplay of shapes created by lights and darks. My paintings have a rich, velvety depth, giving them a sophisticated, traditional feel that I blend with contemporary elements to create innovative, touching, memorable works of art.”
“I am intrigued by composition and pattern. I am fascinated with understanding and capturing the human spirit, inspired by the challenge of a difficult piece, and propelled by the unknown.” – Lalita Hamill