SongInMyHeart

SongInMyHeart

Watercolours. I like working with transparent glazes and sometimes combining it with guache.

Birds of Praise 2

Birds of Praise 2

Watercolours and guache

Innocence

Innocence

Watercolours and guache

river of gold

river of gold

Watercolours and guache Stepping into God's kingdom with childlike faith.

Birds of praise 1

Birds of praise 1

Guache

flight

flight

Acrylics and oils on canvas. This has been a recurring theme in my paintings which originally started with a vision I had.

In Light of Change 3

In Light of Change 3

Acrylics and oils on canvas. "Standing in a forest, becoming aware of all one's senses as you experience a time of reflection and stillness."

Forestof Praise

Forestof Praise

Acrylics and oils on canvas. This was a larger artwork, a comission based on my first forest of praise image.

Three in One

Three in One

Acrylics and oils on canvas. The Trinity - this is an expression of my connection with Father God, Son and Holy Spirit.

Break every chain

Break every chain

Acrylics and oils on canvas. This symbolises spiritual awakening and breaking free from lies and bondage

Transfiguration

Transfiguration

Acrylics and oils on canvas. "Being transformed by the renewing of one's mind. choosing between light and darkness"

Freedom

Freedom

Acrylics and oils on canvas. "Accepting healthy and godly discipline and healthy boundaries brings true freedom"

Birds of Praise

Birds of Praise

Acrylics on canvas. To God be the glory...this is an expression of praise and worship.

Cathedral

Cathedral

Watercolors and guache. Being alone in nature, finding peace and rest in solitude. Being honest/naked before my Creator and standing in His presence, totally loved and accepted is the best place to be.

The winds of change2

The winds of change2

Acrylics and Oils. This is one of a series of paintings. Inviting change into our lives, is a challenge, but allows growth and brings new life and joy.

I am the Light

I am the Light

Acrylics and oils. Looking for the light at the end of the tunnel has become a cliche. God, in me, is the light and eluminates the darkness around me as I keep on walking.

TheWindsOfChange-InMotion2

TheWindsOfChange-InMotion2

Acrylics and Oils. Moving from land onto the ocean, sailing on the open sea has been a life changing experience for me. Facing one's fears...As Jesus lay sleeping in the little boat on the stormy sea, He was at peace, He knew the greatness of the Father within Him.

Inner season

Inner season

Acrylics and oils. Change of season, blossoms new life...beautiful Jacaranda flowers.

TheWindsOfChange-InnerStrength3

TheWindsOfChange-InnerStrength3

Winds of Change2-p

Winds of Change2-p

TheColoursChange

TheColoursChange

Choose Life

Choose Life

Oils. "Today I set before you, a blessing or a curse...Turn to God with all your heart, Choose Life.

Tree of Righteousness-1

Tree of Righteousness-1

Watercolors and Guache. My 2nd solo exhibition had this theme: "Trees of Righteousness" based on a study I did of the analogies of trees in the Bible.

TreesRighteousness

TreesRighteousness

In the Light of Change 2

In the Light of Change 2

AngeliqueLenice

AngeliqueLenice

Acrylics and oils. There are various symbolic and unique meanings within this character/portraiture of my youngest daughter.

Silver Wings

Silver Wings

Acrylics and oils. On a cloudy and rainy day, all the colors change and I love watching the seagulls as the light catches there wings.

Cape Town Flight

Cape Town Flight

WayBeyondTheBlue

WayBeyondTheBlue

UnderHisWings

UnderHisWings

FaceOfEagle

FaceOfEagle

Face of an Eagle3

Face of an Eagle3

African Fisheagle

African Fisheagle

Dolphin painting

Dolphin painting

Sail Away

Sail Away

Autumn breeze

Autumn breeze

Breeze

Breeze

CreatingNewPathways

CreatingNewPathways

RiverOfGold2

RiverOfGold2

Bazaruto

Bazaruto

Bazaruto2

Bazaruto2

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Contemporary artist with timeless appeal


Passion. Diversity. Optimism.

These are but a few of the words that art enthusiasts have used to describe Pretoria-born artist Marleen Visser’s art. Indeed … any person who has had the pleasure of viewing her extensive collection will agree: the underlying theme is one of beauty. Beauty in the Creator, in the created … beauty expressed in a myriad of ways.

 

Roots
Marleen grew up in Pretoria, matriculating at the Pro Arte High School for Art, Ballet and Music in 1979. She was the recipient of the prestigious Sanlam Child Awards in 1977. After matric she ventured into the graphic art and advertising world. As a freelance artist, Marleen was commissioned to do several artworks for public buildings and corporates, including two paintings which were reproduced for use in Sun International’s Airport Sun Hotel.

Exhibitions, Exposure and Experiences
Marleen’s first solo exhibition was held in 1987. Another four solo exhibitions followed, along with Marleen’s participation in numerous group exhibitions alongside other acclaimed artists. Galleries include the Aleta Mihaeletos Gallery, the gallery of the South African Association of Arts and the East London Art Museum, among others. In addition, Marleen’s work was featured in a book entitled“Contemporary Artists of Pretoria”. Radio and television interviews followed, along with publicity in a
variety of magazines and other printed media.

 

After lecturing in Art to adults for three years at the Hatfield Christian Training Centre, Marleen’s personal circumstances led her back to the commercial art field in 1995. She established the highly successful Blue Note Art Studio cc, which offers graphic design and illustration facilities.

In 1998, Marleen was featured in the Digital Imaging and Publishing magazine, after having been commissioned to produce two covers for this prestigious publication. She has since been specialising mainly in illustrating children’s books, working for most of the established publishers in South Africa.
Having moved to Houtbay in Cape Town, she and her fine art photographer husband,
opened a gallery in 2014 www.visionsgallery.co.za  It still remains as an online gallery.

Inspiration
Marleen’s art and her faith are intertwined … her greatest desire is to share her relationship with her Creator, through her art. Inspired by the presence and character of God , she endeavours to express her experiences of His infinite wisdom. “We all need hope and faith, peace, courage , joy, honesty and truth.

The challenge to me as an artist, is to encourage and inspire the beholder to become enlightened by the inherent messages in my paintings. My work is a reflection in flowing lines and colour of  the songs in my heart.”

Subject Matter

Various aspects of nature versus the character of man: Solitary figures, the oceans and it’s life, trees and their different characters,  soaring birds in flight etc.
 

Marleen  has a great love of scuba diving and sailing - exploring the ocean depths and therefore the sea features strongly in her work.  The vastness of it, the power , the awe-inspiring sounds of rushing water, the movement, textures and colours stimulate all our senses .
 

Solitary figures in her art portray man’s intimate, personal relationship with his Maker. Each person stands alone responsible for their own life.
 

Other recurrent themes include birds and trees. The former signifies the soaring spirit; unfettered by human limitations in the eyes of God. The latter depicts life on earth … life which is nourished by the spirit, from root to tip. Realism is combined with surrealism. Aspiration is depicted, time and again, by soaring birds, trees reaching to the heavens, and figures stretching towards an unseen goal. Each presentation is subtle, pregnant with interpretation requiring more than mere superficial contemplation.
 

Mediums
Marleen enjoys exploring
different mediums. “Each medium seems to have a voice of its own,” she explains.
 

There are so many avenues along which to travel. While I don’t wish to confuse my audience, I enjoy the challenge of opening new worlds to people … I wholeheartedly invite them to travel with me!”
 

Mediums used are watercolours, acrylics, oils, airbrushing, pastels, pencils, pens, a variety of mixed mediums and painting on computer and Ipad (using a digitising pen).
 

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