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Cool Colour Palettes: The Art Potfolio of Marion Krahn

A print of an original painting of a misty blue seascapeSalish Sea Nocturne (print)

Marion Krahn was born in Vancouver, BC, and is now based in Kelowna. In her practice, the artist takes inspiration from her local environment, capturing a hint of the Pacific Northwest landscape in large-scale paintings that are abstracted in composition and use subdued, cool colour palettes

A layered painting of a new moon over a creekMill Creek New Moon, acrylic on canvas


Water, or the suggestion of water, seems to be a common motif in Marion’s artworks. Painted in acrylic and mixed media, the works put forth hazy, dreamlike landscapes that dissolve into textural layers of paint if one examines the canvas up-close. In Marion’s recent Mill Creek series, I get the sense that the artist may begin a painting with a sketched suggestion of a landscape, proceeding to apply numerous translucent, textural layers that form a kind of fog or glaze through which the final image is viewed. 

The front page of Marion Krahn's art portfolio


This technique lends itself nicely to evoking a sense of thick fog or dusky lighting conditions. Though there’s a clear connection to real landscapes and locations, the viewer of these works is encouraged to imagine them as more fantastical settings, or perhaps dreamed recollections of real places.

A painting of a creek with treesMill Creek I, acrylic on canvas

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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