Pushing Boundaries

I am often asked why I do not keep to a certain style of painting or subject matter which seems to be successful. But the well-known American violinist Joshua Bell puts very well how I feel about my art: “You want to push boundaries, to not always be in your comfort zone. If you don’t, you get stale. So you have to find areas of growth.”


For that reason you will see me change my styles and subject matter constantly. But you will always find the same basic elements like the brushstroke, the shapes, the geometry in my work.

This brings me to the next musical subject. You will remember from Newsletter 1 that I donated my work “Bottles, Glass and Violin” to the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra to be auctioned.


The auction took place on 7 October and I want to “trumpet” it into the world that the work fetched 38 000 rand ($2 500 US). As the auctioneers Strauss & Co graciously waived their commission, the whole sum went to the orchestra – for which I am truly thankful.

I am also thrilled to announce that I now have an agent in New York who promotes my work. Angelica Semmelbauer of Ellipsis Art is a Private Art Advisor who works with a number of artists and consults private clients.


She was Director of the Mimi Fertz Gallery in New York City for nine years, organizing important curatorial exhibitions and placing artists in important public and private collections.


Having a Masters Degree in Visual Arts Administration from NYU, she is a member of the NYU Alumni Council and Art Table, the leadership organization for professional women in the visual arts. She can be contacted at angelica@ellipsis-art.com.


She has produced a catalogue of some of my work which is available at: https://issuu.com/ellipsisart/docs/marlene?fr=sY2JkOTczMzAy. One of the works in the catalogue is “Memories of a Coastal Landscape” illustrated above.

Pushing my boundaries even further, I am working towards a solo exhibition from 19 January to 15 February 2020 at the IS Art Gallery in Franschhoek, South Africa, on the theme of classical Greece which again is a departure from my previous work of mostly still life.


In the next Newsletters I will be illustrating and commenting on some of the work that will go on exhibition in January/February 2020.

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    Memories of a Coastal Landscape

    2016, oil on mapping paper on board, 19 x 75 cm, ZAR 11 000.

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