Mari French is an abstract mixed media painter. Drawn particularly to liminal landscapes, she creates expressive and evocative artworks that capture the effects of light, weather and time on these places.
This is reflected in the way she builds up her pieces. Layering and wiping back media, exposing some underlying passages and employing lively mark making, resulting in a rich surface history. Elements observed while sketching on location are combined with her intuition and experience of the subject. Which, back in the studio, result in work that stands alone but still owes a debt to the landscape and her response to it.
Mari has been a professional artist for the past 15 years and previously had a career in graphic design. She has exhibited widely in both group and solo shows. Her work is regularly selected for the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours Exhibitions at the Mall Galleries and has been exhibited with The Royal Watercolour Society at Bankside Gallery, London. She was a finalist in Artist & Illustrator Magazine’s ‘Artist of the Year’ 2016 and The Sunday Times Watercolour Competition 2014. Her work has been featured in several art publications and is held in private collections worldwide. In 2022 she was elected a Member of the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours
She is based near the North Norfolk coast, working from her studio on a former 1930s RAF airbase.