Marianne has always been a creative person. Whether that is with traditional art, or the performing arts, doing voice-over work for radio promotions in the USA or advertisements for radio – it is something that has always been a part of her life.
As an artist she has worked in multiple media – from sculpting in clay to silversmithing and creating artisan jewellery, to more traditional art. She has a great love of working with pastels and oils – but also dabbles in acrylics and watercolours. Her sculptures have found homes internationally.
Marianne is a published illustrator, having worked on a number of books over various disciplines – from a book on romantic poetry for a client, to a book on soil, and most recently with her foray into children’s illustrations. She is also an author of a children’s story that she is currently working on illustrating.
Marianne spent most of her early working career as a nurse, both in public and in private hospitals throughout New Zealand. Her last area of nursing (and her favourite), was CardioThoracic and Vascular surgery. A work accident forced her retirement from a much loved career, so she returned to university and retrained herself, completing a degree in Computer Graphic Design, from the University of Waikato, in New Zealand. She especially enjoys working on illustrations and label design.