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Artist Crush: Marion Wesson

Wednesday, September 22, 2010 · 4 Comments

Marion Wesson is a fifth-generation Californian whose grandmother, Marion Pike, painted portraits of Pope John Paul II, Coco Chanel, Frank Lloyd Wright and many others.

I love Wesson’s “Oblik” series (see below) which began quite by accident. While struggling with a painting, Marion attempted to remove some of the acrylic paint with her brush. To her surprise she discovered that the ‘erasing’ produced a wonderful, ghostly impression, and a new series was born.




Another totally inspiring story is how Marion developed her animal collage series (below) which are perfect for kids’ rooms.

“I have been working for 17 years as an artist and in that time I have made a lot of work, not all of it successful. So, I decided one day to transform some of my older, less resolved work into something else rather than throw it away.”  – Wesson

Wesson decided to re-purpose older, unsold work by layering cut-out animal forms and turn it into fun, artistic kids’ art. So smart!


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4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Fi // Sep 22, 2010 at 8:29 pm

    So often, being an artist involves finding ways to make a painting a success despite the mistakes. I love how these artworks have exploited past mistakes and ended up making something really beautiful.

  • 2 Kate // Sep 23, 2010 at 11:26 am

    I totally agree! It’s such a great lesson about making the most of the mistakes we make or what may just feel like a mistake to us.

  • 3 Lynn McCarthy // Sep 23, 2010 at 1:54 pm

    I find the canvases so mesmerizxing! Just fabulous art!

  • 4 The Art Spotter « Marion Wesson Studio // Feb 27, 2011 at 11:59 am

    […] on her site. I’m excited to be working with her on the West Coast and with Kate Singleton of Art Hound on the East […]

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