Marion Krahn creates peaceful and subdued paintings of seascapes and botanical subjects. The artist also experiments with photography, creating images that exist both in stark contrast and complement to her painted works.
Based in Kelowna, Marion takes inspiration from the wilderness of British Columbia and other areas. I like the way she simplifies dense foliage and detailed landscapes into beautiful, cohesive images. It’s interesting to look at the similarities and differences between Marion’s Maritime paintings and her Botanical works. The Maritime ones tend to be even more subdued, using sea-foam and sand colours, blending them together in thick, deliberate brush strokes over the surface of the canvas.
Marion’s photographs offer a very different take on similar subject matter – in many cases, foliage and water in the same frame. Forests of spindly trees or grasses hanging over creeks and ponds are common motifs. Many of these works are black and white, in stark contrast to the overall washes of Marion’s painted pieces.