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Featured Artist: Marianne Hunt, ASA, CSPWC


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Marianne Hunt, Twitter

Biography

Marianne Hunt came to Canada in 1956 after spending her early years in Holland and
Indonesia. She studied Art History at the U of C while obtaining a BSc. in Microbiology.
She returned to art after raising her family on a ranch near Sundre, Alberta.
Marianne became a juried member of the Alberta Society of Artists (ASA) in 1997. In
2000 she was elected into the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour (CSPWC). She
has been an active member of the Federation of Canadian Artists since 1991. She has
participated in many juried shows locally and nationally, won numerous awards, and has
taught workshops.
She prefers working in acrylic, watercolour, mixed media and photography. She lived
and traveled extensively in China 2002-04. During this time she studied Chinese painting
from an old master. Her varied experiences and travels to many countries provide and
interesting array of subject matter.

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Marianne Hunt, Symphony

Q & A with the ASA

ASA: Can you tell us about your influences?

Marianne:  When taking art history I loved the impressionists and also the Group of Seven.  In studying Rembrandt and other masters I noted how with very few strokes they conveyed the subject.  Up close it was very abstract but from a distance so lifelike.  I worked first in watercolour and loved the colour and skill in Stephen Quiller’s, Don Andrew’s, Brent Heighton, Mile Svob and other masters of watercolour.   I still have many quotes from Dirk Van Wyk, whom I met when I first got juried into the ASA, in my head.  I now do mainly acrylics but treasure my watercolour training that taught me meaningful strokes.

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Marianne Hunt, Nothing to Crow About

ASA: What do you consider your most succesful body of work to date?

Marianne: Quite early in my watercolour days I stumbled upon my series “Bloomin’ Cats”.  I was going to paint trite cats in the flower garden based on my experience with our cats diving in and out while trying to weed.  Accidently I got too carried away with the flower underpainting and decided to incorporate the cats into it in a more abstracted way.  I sold many in that series and even had a limited edition that was financially profitable.  I was juried into the ASA with them.  Then as with most things I got tired of doing them.  I do however still like to put elements into my paintings in a more subtle way.

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