Los Gatos artist Marie Cameron is drawn to the ephemeral nature of vanishing orchards and crumbling shorelines in her lyrical and intricate paintings which speak of loss and hope.
A native of New York, Marie was strongly influenced by her upbringing in the Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia where she surrounded by apple trees and strong tides. It is on the East Coast of Canada that she earned her BFA degree with distinction at Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick, worked as a painter and designer had her first exhibitions.
For a time, Marie made her home and studio in a coastal church on the Bay of Fundy named Stella Maris. She was awarded a prestigious Canada Council Explorations Grant to examine the folklore and history surrounding Stella Maris and it’s epic voyage down the bay in which she examined notions of faith, loss and transformation through paintings, assemblage and sculptural works.
Marie has enjoyed travel in Central America, Asia, Europe and the Caribbean. This combined with her background in design, has fed her passion for color and pattern which is evident in her illustrations for children’s books that celebrate rich artistic expressions of culture. [The Barefoot Books of Buddhist Tales (1997) and Clever Katya (1998)] Paintings from these books have gone on to exhibitions in both Britain and Italy.
Marie is developing a unique series of illuminated assemblage paintings called Florilegia which ponder the Victorian meaning of flowers in a intriguing post modern manner. These works shed light on an elaborate floral lexicon in a playful twist on traditional botanical illustration.
Her work can be viewed in person, by appointment at her studio in Los Gatos, California.