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Fine Art

"I found I could say things with colour and shapes that I couldn't say any other way ... things I had no words for."
~ Georgia O'Keefe

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Marion Griese completed a degree in Fine Arts from the University of Toronto in 1992. After travelling and working in Europe, she studied jewellery art and design for two years at Vancouver Community College. These two art forms have allowed her to explore ideas and concepts from different angles. A found object may inspire a painting, which consequently may inspire a piece of jewellery. Other times, the jewellery may spark ideas for a painting. She has a deep appreciation for balance, proportion and colour and looks to both natural and urban forms for inspiration. She is currently focusing her time on a new series of abstract paintings. Marion Griese resides in the Niagara area of Southern Ontario with her family, where she teaches art to young children.


My approach to painting is intuitive, yet also imbued with my years of studying art and design. Whether I turn to the natural or the urban environment for inspiration, I am always looking for a dialogue between colour and form. I am so interested in how notes of colour can play off of one another to transport and even transform us. My current work begins with lines rooted in organic shapes to form the structure of the composition. Sinuous lines intersect across the canvas to reveal shapes which are then given colour from a palette I observe around me, or sometimes draw from the hues of memories, poetry or music. The intertwining of the creative challenge and sense of serenity I experience when composing my paintings is what I find most compelling and rewarding.


University of Toronto, Fine Art and English 1992
Vancouver Community College, Jewelery Art and Design, 1998



2021 Art Gallery of Hamilton Art Sale, Hamilton ON

2020 Festival of Smalls, Art Interiors, Toronto, ON

2020 Congruence, Online Art Exhibition, I Like Your Work Podcast - Erika B Hess/Bridgette Mayer

2020 Art Gallery of Hamilton Art Sale, Hamilton ON

2019 Festival of Smalls, Art Interiors, Toronto, ON

2018  ICE, de la terre cafe, Jordan Village, ON

2018  Why the &%#! Do You Paint?: All those Lines, Gladstone Hotel, Toronto, ON

2017  Small Feats, NAC , St Catharines, ON

2011  International Women Celebrate, Ayr Space, Ayr, ON

2009  Escarpment: On the Edge, St Catharines City Hall, St Catharines, ON


2018  Tangled Sky & Garden, The Elora Cafe, Elora, ON

2018  Tangled Sky & Garden, Shannon Passero/The Post Office, Thorold, ON
2010  Land/Mark, Niagara-on-the-Lake Public Library, NOTL, ON

2017 Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition 
2016 Market Series, Stratus Winery 
2013 Market Series, Stratus Winery