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Marina uses a variety of processes in each project, and mainly works in oil on canvas although she often likes to work with acrylics or mixed media.
'My work explores issues of time, life and memory. Through painting I channel life experiences to create works of art'.
I grew up in a house by the sea in Famagusta, Cyprus, a home I lost in the trauma of war, and, although I didn’t set out to produce art about anything specific, as my portfolio developed over the years I realised that the pleasure and energy I was getting from painting was when I focused on water, boats, beaches, marinas, wet stones and rocks, subjects emanating from childhood memories of my early life by the sea. Using strong tonal forms and a vivid colour palette my paintings are visual representations of conversations and inner feelings. Infused in time and space they act as a reminder of what has happened in the past. These moments become pathways for understanding the connections we share as humans with each other and with the natural world that surrounds us.
My influences: The artist I most admire is J.M.W. Turner (1775-1851).
My working process and challenges:
My style and compositions show the natural forms of a real world in a semi-abstract, expressionist way. My work has been described as “a reflection and celebration of life in a symbolic manner.” I create paintings with a vivid colour palette usually, many textures, robust energy and a playful style. Creating in strong tonal variations, I constantly challenge my own talent by trying to experiment with subject matters and techniques for new creative effects.
While I use a variety of processes in each project, I mainly work in oil on canvas although I often like to work with acrylics or mixed media. Each project often consists of multiple works, grouped around specific themes and meanings.