Marlene grew up in a lively neighborhood in the west end of Montreal, Canada in the early fifties. Because of her father who loved to paint, she was exposed to art at an early age. She went on to study art at Dawson College in Montreal, Canada from 1969-1973 and has been working professionally as an artist for over thirty years. Her work appears in many mediums, including acrylics, colored pencil, ceramics, sculpture and jewelry. Marlene relocated to Vermont in 1989 and to Marietta, Ohio in 1995. Along with her husband, she co-created the business of Water Spider Designs which features her hand painted gift tiles and custom murals. In 2009, she was awarded an eBay Techquity Award for Entrepreneur of the Year. With this came a new ability to print on tile using a substrate. She now can offer her unique designs to a wider audience.
My tile art is based on the inspirational and magical qualities of life that celebrate the beauties of the natural world. " In much of my work I like to explore how color, line and form can be used to communicate my inner vision. I often choose the music of Loreena McKenitt, Indian and Russian vocalists, Bocelli as well as the classics to help transport me to a special place of peace when I work. I am inspired by Chagall, Matisse and the colorful palette of Italian ceramics. I revel in ideas, poetry, myth and dreams. These all play a part in my creative process."/
Today, I work from my home studio in Albany, Ohio where I live with my husband Ken and our little dog Bodhi. My tile art can be seen at Riverside Artists Gallery in Marietta, Ohio, as well as locally in Athens and Nelsonville, Ohio and seasonal art shows throughout the Mid-Ohio Valley.
In the last five years a new love of painting was rekindled after the death of my father. In this mediuum I am moved to express the questions of my heart and to deepen my understanding of them. You can view my paintings when you search for Marlene L'Abbe on www.myartspace.com
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