A Lifetime Passion for Art and the Creative Process
Marjorie Sarnat is an alumna of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and earned a BFA degree from Eastern Michigan University. She’s an award-winning painter and mixed media artist whose works are in collections worldwide. Today Marjorie is the Judith Kaufman Gallery Resident Artist.
Marjorie’s artworks incorporate her love for painting from life with her passion for color and texture. This focus led her to an early career as a textile designer, and her skill for traditional drawing led her to a prominent career designing collectible figurines, music boxes, and crafts.
Marjorie lives in Southern California with her designer husband, artistic daughter, creative son, and two funny golden retrievers.
Visit her on the web at www.sarnatart.com.
“I create multi-layered surfaces on canvas to showcase the interactions among colors and textures. Metallic accents complement imagery, words, and bits of found objects. I often add small images of my own representational art in my collages."
“I evaluate each dab of paint, scrap of paper, and fragment of ephemera for its color, texture, and symbolic meaning. I use these details impressionistically to form my compositions."
“Embedded in each artwork are bits of handmade glass inherited from my uncle who collected them in Europe a lifetime ago. The tiny cabochons are inspiring works of art themselves, which I include as homage to past generations.
“Contact me through my website at www.sarnatart.com.”
Coloring Book Artist Marjorie Sarnat
Marjorie is the best-selling author and illustrator of over a dozen books on art and creativity. She is the author and illustrator of the best-selling adult coloring books, "Creative Cats Coloring Book" and "Owls Coloring Book.” Her fanciful book illustration style is influenced by her love of patterns and a lifetime of collecting vintage illustrated books and ephemera. Her affiinity for all things nostalgic finds its way into Marjorie’s imagery.
Her latest releases are “Fanciful Fashions Coloring Book,” and “Pampered Pets.” Other titles are scheduled to debut in 2016. Please visit Marjorie’s author page on Amazon to learn more.
A Passion for the Outdoors and Creating Fine Art
Maryann Thomas was born in New York and raised in Southern California. The Thomas family has a strong love of the outdoors and rich art tradition; Maryann’s uncle, Emil Gruppe (1896 – 1978), was a celebrated landscape artist and her grandmother, H.R. Shannon, was also a fine watercolorist who studied at the distinguished Art Students League in New York City. As a child Maryann’s innate artistic ability and love of art were recognized early and gently cultivated. She received art scholarships from both the California State University system and the prestigious Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. Maryann chose to complete her formal art education through Art Center and graduated with Honors in Illustration in 1984.
In 1994, Maryann accepted an offer of employment from the renowned Walt Disney Studios Feature Animation Division. Her credits include: The Hunch Back of Notre Dame, Mulan, Fantasia 2000, Atlantis, Lilo & Stitch II, and Princess Stories. Maryann left Disney in 2007 in order to focus full time on her passion for creating fine art.
Maryann’s choice of subject matter, meticulous style, and exquisite handling of light combine to create beautiful pieces of original art.
Maryann makes her home and studio in Newbury Park, California.
“My work combines my love of the outdoors, travel, and painting. Although I am accomplished in a number of mediums and styles, I favor creating paintings of exotic or alluring far-off locations, looking for out-of-door subjects in direct natural light. I enjoy interpreting the strong design of forms in direct light and shadow."
“My work has a variety of influences, in particular the early 20th century American painters John Singer Sargent, Winslow Homer, and Georgia O’Keeffe."
“Contact me through my website at maryannthomas.com.”