I would like to introduce this lovely lady to everyone in High River who hasn't had the pleasure already...
Please meet Marianne Aspinall - acrylic and pastel artist
Marianne Aspinall and her husband Ray retired here from Saskatchewan after selling their organic grain business, Daybreak Mills. Being flatlanders all their lives they had a desire to live closer to the mountains. What better choice than to settle here. Their timing could have been a little better as they had lived here less than a year before the flood of 2013. That did not dissuade them however, they rebuilt and recovered and are now true High Riverites.
As any farm family member knows the work ethic runs deep and it wasn't long before Ray found himself gainfully employed leaving Marianne with time to return to her old love of creating art. She had always had an interest in the process and was known for entering art pieces in local fairs and events - the feed back was positive which inspired her to keep learning and developing her art.
Like so many people these days Marianne is a student of U. of T. aka YouTube, where the videos posted by other artists, willing to share their teachings with the rest of the world, are available when you are. Being an avid lifelong learner, Marianne is constantly learning and developing her craft. Unlike some students of UTub she takes their lessons and converts them into her own unique style. I already can see a piece of her art and say "Marianne did that." That identity can take years for an artist to develop.
In the Artist's Studio is an excuse for me to visit artist's creative places. Without exception I have found artists of the painting persuasion to have a collection of brushes. Brushes of every imaginable shape and size. All have their own unique purpose. Some become trusted old friends - those are the ones closest at hand.