Marianne Osborne NDD ATD
Ever since graduating in England, at the age of twenty-two, I have considered myself a professional artist and have been painting more or less continuously for forty years. I supported my art practise mainly by teaching, but also by working in factories ,as an antique dealer, a dental nurse, a chef, a char-lady etc;.
In 1991, I came to live in Australia. To date, I have held over twenty solo exhibitions and won prizes in many QLD artists competitions. I have tutored drawing and painting for Adult Education classes and workshops. When living in Brisbane, I was employed by Channel 10 News as a law-court portrait artist.
Over the years my paintings have obviously varied a lot, but my subject matter remains much the same. I tend to alternate between my abiding interest in figurative work (with Medievil overtones ) and heavily textured abstracts. I work with care and precision. Starting with some small sketches, I enlarge these and then, working with coloured pastels, produce maybe as many as six variations. I push these designs about on sheets of paper before committing my selected version onto canvas.
I usually work in oils and often use gold and silver leaf. Sometimes only three finished paintings will come from the original idea, but I have produced up to sixteen paintings on the same theme.
Now I have “retired” to Maleny I am free to devote more time to working in my studio. I have also re-discovered the fun I had as a student working with clay and have joined in with a group of potters.