Marna graduated with a BA Fine Arts degree from the University of Pretoria in 1986. She has since taken part in numerous group and solo exhibitions and her work can be found in private collections as far afield as the USA and Ireland. She also trained as silversmith and jewellery designer. Marna divides her time between painting and creating wearable textile art. She describes herself as a creative explorer and kamikaze embroiderer. She is also a freelance illustrator, fashion adviser, fashion blogger, stylist and curator.
Working in pastel, gouache, acrylics and embroidery, Marna finds great joy in rendering finely detailed miniatures in the old Persian style and concentrates on subjects that instil a sense of happiness and harmony in the viewer. She gets her inspiration from the rich diversity of life, as well as humans, plants and animals. Humour is also an essential ingredient in her work. Her aim is to take the term ‘illustrative’ to the next level.
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