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Mari French was raised in Manchester. She studied art and design at Stockport College in the 80s and subsequently embarked on a graphic designer career. This led her to relocate to the Isle of Skye in 1995 where, Inspired by the incredible landscape, Mari painted and exhibited regularly before moving to Norfolk and taking up full-time painting.
Mari’s inspiration derives from the abstract landscape of the expansive wild coast of Norfolk’s salt marsh and reed beds, to the light-filled lagoons of Venice. For the Harbour Gallery, Mari has been inspired by Cornwall’s rich landscape and her artworks are the culmination of her experiments with a variety of media: oil pastel and inks. Painting is an unpredictable and exciting process for Mari, resulting in her distilling her experience, giving an expressive evocation of place.
Mari has enjoyed selection at the Royal Institute of Painters in their Watercolours exhibition in both 2016 and 2017. In 2016 she was a finalist in the Artist & Illustrator Magazine’s ‘Artist of the Year’ and also has been a finalist in The Sunday Times Watercolour Competition and her works are held in national and international private collections.
She is an Associate member of the Institute of East Anglian Artists (IEA) and a member of the IEA council and from 2016-2017 she was also the Social Media Manager for the IEA.