I have been wielding a brush for as long as I can remember and my fascination with paint and mixed media is insatiable. My college degree in art, at the Lamar Dodd School of Art, was just the beginning of a lifelong love affair with my studio and the possibilities that lived there. I see art everywhere- in nature, in cities, a dumpster, even the hardware store! My goal is to create a piece that will touch the viewer and spark an emotion, a memory, or even better a question. We are surrounded by so much beauty. I strive to celebrate and capture moments of beauty, light, shadow, motion, design and texture. Sometimes its the dichotomy of a moment that moves me the most, the interplay of light and shadow or the unusual coupling of opposing color and texture. My two dimensional work includes acrylic, watercolor, and oil. I also create three dimensional mixed media pieces from just about everything.
I make unique jewelry pieces out of old furniture pulls and handles. Each piece is one of a kind and photos of these works can be found under the M Clarke Designs tab.
As the mother of four beautiful adult children, watching them grow has helped me maintain the enthusiasm, curiosity and wonder that embodies the spirit of a child. Out of that wonder comes much of my inspiration for paintings and dimensional pieces. My favorite phrase is "What if…." and then, it's off to the studio!
I hope you discover something here that moves you and brings you joy!
I live and work in Raleigh, North Carolina. There is more subject matter to paint than time to do it!
You can contact me directly : Marianbuis@gmail.com or Instagram: Marianbuisfineart
Check out my blog on transforming ugly furniture into masterpieces!