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Day Lilies

 

Golden Poppies Northern Lights Azalea

Suspended in Time
28.5 x 20.5 ", watercolour
Bowl of Beauty II
20.5 x 28.5", watercolour

Foxglove
14 x 10 ", watercolour

 

SOLD Blue Poppy
20.5 x 28.5", watercolour

SOLD Iris
20.5 x 28.5", watercolour


SOLD Beauty & the Bee
13.5 x 20.5", watercolour

 

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Rhodo
9 x 12", watercolour

 

About the Artist

My physical subject is flowers, but my spiritual subject is light. For me, the petals of flowers are like the pieces of stained glass in a cathedral window, staining the pure white light with their incredibly clear and beautiful colours. I have always loved pure colour and remember as a child being fascinated by the way the cut glass window near our front door broke up the light into tiny rainbows that danced around the front hall. For me, watercolour is the perfect medium as it allows me to superimpose clear layers of colour and maintains transparency in all but the darkest mixtures.

 

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Catching the Light
20½ x 28½", watercolour

Hot Hibiscus
20.5 x 28.5", watercolour

I have been interested in creativity and consciousness all my life and have followed various paths in pursuit of these interests. After a BA in Combined Honours Fine Arts and English I completed in 1974 a Ph.D. on the art and poetry of William Blake. In 1975 I became a teacher of Transcendental Meditation, studying in Europe with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. My own practice of TM has deeply enriched my life and my art, enabling me to tap more easily my inner creative core. From 1992-1994 I studied Chinese Brush Painting, learning techniques of brushwork and wetness control along with Chinese principles of composition and balance. Later I studied with various western watercolour artists, including Caren Heine, Ann Hunter, Alan Bruce, Sheena Lott and Brent Heighton. Since 1996 I have been developing my own unique style of floral watercolours: large vibrant close-ups that reveal the spiritual essence of the flowers I paint and beyond them, my own spiritual relationship with the world.  In March 2000 the FCA elected me to Signature Status (AFCA).

 

Uplift
20.5 x 28.5 ", watercolour

I don't paint flowers just because they are 'pretty'. I paint them because their loveliness has a way of making us see the world afresh. Their intricate patterns capture our attention while their clear colours capture our heart. I hope my paintings help cleanse the doors of perception so that we, like Blake, can “See a World in a Grain of Sand / And a Heaven in a Wild Flower.”

 

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SOLD White Peony
20.5 x 28.55", watercolour

Magnolia
20.5 x 28.5", watercolour

 

Prices

Assorted Cards
Prices range from $3 to $5
Bookmarks $2

Prints
Peony Cluster, 20 x 26", Signed Open Edition Print, $40
White Peony, 20 x 26", Signed Open Edition Print, $40
Himalayan Blue Poppy Print,
Out of the Blue, 20 x 24", $40 
Uplift, 20 x 26", Limited Edition Print, $90
Daisy Days, 22 x 16" (not including borders), Giclee Print, $300
(Tubes, $4)
Signed miniprints, 12 x 18", available of Day Lilies, Inca Gold, Lilies in the Air and Golden Poppies, $15 each

Framed Paintings
Prices are guidelines only; for the exact price of a particular painting consult the artist or gallery.

Full Sheet Paintings: $1,800-$2,800 (framed size approx. 30x37”)
Half-sheet paintings: $1,000-$1,800 (framed size approx. 21x28”)
Smaller paintings: up to $1000 (various sizes)

Calendars and Books
Perpetual Calendar $13
Desk Calendar 2008 $15
Wall Calendar 2008 $25
Artist Signature Series Book, Painted Garden, with Poetry and Paintings by Marney Ward, $15

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White Wisteria
20.5 x 28.5", watercolour

 

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Daisy Days
28.5 x 20.5", watercolour

 

Gallery Representation

  • Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Art Rentals
  • The Butchart Gardens, Saanich, BC, Coffee Shop and Gift Shop
  • Federation Gallery, Vancouver
  • Winchester Galleries, Victoria

 

 

 

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Reaching
20½ x 28½", watercolour

Publications

  • Art Avenue, Vol 7, No 5, Sept/Oct 2007, "A Painting in the Life of Marney Ward, AFCA (back cover)
  • 2007 Island Art Publishers and Distributors, "Painted Garden", Artists Signature Series Book of poetry and paintings by Marney Ward
  • 2007 Island Art Publishers and Distributors, cards, bookmarks, prints, desk calendar, wall calendar, perpetual calendar
  • 2005 Saanich News, Feature front-page illustrated article on my solo show, “Spiritual Light Shines on at Saanich Hall,” by Sheila Potter, Oct. 21, 2005.
  • 2005 The Art Group, London, England, Art Cards, "Bloom" Series
  • 2003 Art Avenue, Vol 3, No. 3, May/June 2003, “Spaces.”
  • 2002 The Illustrator, March issue, Banner Show feature and report on my Presentation
  • 2001 The Illustrator, June issue, “Larger Than Life: Expressing Spirit in Art” (feature)
  • 2001 The Grapevine, March/April issue, “Eye Candy versus Emily Carr.”
  • 2001 Federation of Canadian Artists News, March issue, “The Artist as Seer.”
  • 2000 The Grapevine, May/June issue, “Millennial Thoughts”
  • 2000 The Grapevine, March/April issue, featured artist

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Pure as White Poppies
20½ x 28½", watercolour

 

Awards and Fellowships

  • 2007 Award of Excellence, FCA Victoria Chapter, Spring Juried Exhibition
  • 2005 Award of Excellence, FCA Victoria Chapter, Fall Juried Exhibition
  • 2005 Award of Excellence, FCA Victoria Chapter, Spring Juried Exhibition
  • 2003 Award of Excellence, FCA Victoria Chapter, Spring Juried Exhibition
  • 2002 Peoples Choice Award, FCA Victoria Chapter, Juried Spring Exhibition
  • 2002 Honourable Mention, FCA Victoria Chapter, Juried Spring Exhibition
  • 2001 Award of Excellence, FCA Victoria Chapter, Juried Fall Exhibition
  • 2000 Granted Signature Status (AFCA) with Federation of Canadian Artists
  • 2000 Honourable Mention, FCA Victoria Chapter, Juried Fall Exhibition
  • 1999 Award of Excellence, FCA Victoria Chapter, Juried Fall Exhibition
  • 1999 Jurors Choice Award, FCA Victoria Chapter, Juried Spring Show
  • 1998 Jurors Choice Award, FCA Victoria Chapter, Juried Fall Exhibition
  • 1970-74 Canada Council Doctoral Fellowship

 

Associations and Professional Memberships

  • Island Illustrators Society, Full Member
  • Federation of Canadian Artists, Signature Status, AFCA; Vice-President, Victoria Chapter

 

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Out of the Blue
20½ x 28½", watercolour

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SOLD Definitely Daffodils
20½ x 28½", watercolour

 

Education

  • 1994-97 Studied with watercolour artists Brent Heighton, Alan Bruce, Sheena Lott, Ann Hunter and Caren Heine. 
  • 1992-94 Studied Chinese Brush Painting with Nenagh Molson. 
  • 1975 Became a teacher of Transcendental Meditation.
  • 1974 Ph.D. on the Art and Poetry of William Blake, University of British Columbia. 
  • 1967 B.A. (hons) in Combined Honours Fine Arts and English, UBC.

 

 

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Peony Cluster
20½ x 28½", watercolour
The Star
20½ x 28½", watercolour

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Iceland Aglow SOLD Lilies in the Air
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SOLD Inca Gold Intertwining Maples

 

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Apricot Azaleas II SOLD Daisies SOLD Dahlia

 

 

Professional and Teaching Experience


PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2005-2007 President, or Vice President, Federation of Canadian Artists, Victoria Chapter
2004-2007 Member, Secretary, Gordon Head Studio Tour
2002-2005 President, Federation of Canadian Artists, Victoria Chapter
2002 -2003 Collabart Project and Auction, Ecole Brodeur and Island Illustrators
2002 Feb. Guest Speaker, Island Illustrator Meeting
2001 Oct. Guest Demonstrator, Royal BC Museum Emily Carr Exhibit
2001-2002 First Vice-President, Exhibitions Chair, FCA Victoria Chapter
2000-2001 Second Vice-President, FCA Victoria Chapter
1997-2001 Island Illustrator’s Studio Tours (Co-ordinator in 2000)
1997-2000 Exhibitions Chair, FCA Victoria Chapter
1996-2005 Moss Street Paint-In (sponsored by The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria)
1999 Feb. Guest Demonstrator, The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, “Art in Bloom”

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

2007 Instructor, 8, 6 and 4-week Floral Watercolour Courses, home studio
2003-2006 Instructor, 8-week & 6-week Floral Watercolour Courses, Artspace
2002 Fall Instructor, two 8-week Floral Watercolour Courses, Goward House
1999 May Workshop on Floral Watercolours, sponsored by the Victoria FCA
1997-98 Instructor, Camosun College, 8-week courses on Floral Watercolours
1997-98 Instructor, Fairfield New Horizons, 8-week courses, Floral Watercolours
1972-74 Insructor, Department of English, University of Western Ontario



 

Exhibitions

Major Juried Exhibitions

Marney has been accepted into more than 30 major juried exhibitions since 2000, sponsored by:

  • Northwest Watercolor Society, Seattle, Washington, USA.
  • Federation of Canadian Artists, Federation Gallery, Vancouver, BC.
  • Victoria Chapter of the FCA, Victoria and Nanaimo, BC.
  • Sooke Fine Arts, Sooke, BC.
  • Sidney Fine Arts, Sidney, BC.
  • BC Festival of the Arts, Victoria, BC.

Marney has won awards in over ten of these juried exhibitions.

Solo and Shared Exhibitions

  • 2008 July 13th -31st, Winchester Galleries, 2260 Oak Bay Ave. Solo Exhibition. Opening Reception, with wine, refreshments and live music: Sunday July 13th, 1-5 pm. Preview: July 12th, 10am-5:30pm.
  • 2007 “Summer Exhibition,” The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, 1040 Moss St., Victoria BC.
  • 2006 Nov. 14th -Dec. 1st. Solo exhibition at Saanich Municipal Hall, Victoria BC.
  • 2005 Oct. 17th-Nov. 9th. Solo exhibition at Saanich Municipal Hall, Victoria BC.
  • 2005 January. “Collector’s Choice” Exhibition at Winchester Galleries, 2260 Oak Bay Ave., Victoria BC.
  • 2002 October 1st-31st. Goward House, 2495 Arbutus Rd, Victoria BC. Two-person exhibition with Sherry Mitchell SFCA

Upcoming Events and Exhibitions

  • May 3rd-4th
    Gordon Head Studio Tour

    Visit the home studios of 15 artists, from 11am-4pm, Saturday and Sunday.
    Pick up brochures with maps at businesses and rec. centers around Gordon Head or download from www.gobc.ca under Studio Tours.
  • May 25th-June 5th
    Spring Juried Exhibition of the Victoria Chapter of the Federation of Canadian Artists

    CAC Gallery, Sussex Place
    1001 Douglas St,
    Victoria, BC.
    Opening Reception Sunday May 25th, 2-4pm.
  • July 13th-31st
    Solo Exhibition

    Winchester Galleries
    2260 Oak Bay Ave
    Victoria, BC
    10am-5:30 pm. Closed Mondays.
    Opening Reception Sunday July 13th, 1-5pm. Preview Saturday July 12th, 10am-5:30pm.
    Check their website, www.winchestergalleriesltd.com closer to the opening date.

 

 

Contacting the Artist

Artist Marney Ward

Marney Ward
Telephone: (250) 595-0220
E-mail: (marneyward@shaw.ca)

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