The restoration of peat
bogs is an issue of great international importance to all cultures as
they sink and preserve more carbon dioxide and methane than forests and
can also help with flood prevention and water purification. Marisa wants
to work with a number of societies and the public and believes a
positive approach to environmental issues will help young and old to
hope they have a future and can help form it.
These areas have not
been much explored visually and they have a beauty of their own which
can lift their image and so leave a positive legacy. The artist is also
in touch with other international groups and wants to develop a template
of working with peat that can be used elsewhere. Marisa and some others
have now formed a Social Enterprise, Sustainable Art Ltd and plan the
first project of site visits, workshops and artwork in Cumbria with some
societies there. Anyone interested in this can contact us through the
These images are from an arts council bursary to
the Lake District where Marisa visited a peat bog with the Cumbria
The Environmental Film Festival Cinema Planeta contest entry (wmv)
* Artist in Residence
Couleur Decor Society
With a French Gallery and
Society, Couleur Decor,
http://www.couleur-decor.org, I was immersed within Pyrenean
landscape, the Fauves legacy and the Catalan culture.
Drawings and Painting early 2009-03-30
These are some drawings and a copy of a snow
leopard painting done during early 2009.There are some views of Vernet
les Bains, Pyrenees Orientales, France which I have sketched in order to
paint for my gallery. Also, there are some drawings of a European lynx
that was found here until 10 years ago in the Canigou massif. There are
plans for re-introduction so I am imagining how they used to live.
During a visit to Marwell we all fell in love with
Tamsin, their 15 year old snow leopard and I am doing drawings and
paintings for the Wildlife Artists show there later this year.
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It has been rewarding to
do a residency with
WDCS in the Moray
Firth. Whales and Dolphins have always filled me with a sense of wonder
as the creatures who kept the banana boat company when I was evacuated,
during the Biafran War, to Liverpool.
Situated in Scotland, I
was working amongst dedicated staff and in an interesting environment.
During my residence I developed a large study of the cetaceans that are
living along the coastline. This work is now being reproduced for their
store to raise funds.
* Studies of Parrots found at Tropical Birdland, 2008
Military Macaws set in
the wooded ravines of the Barranca de Cobre, Sierra Madre Occidental, South
Blue and Gold Macaws in the
Maurita flexuosa palm
Ring Necked Parakeets in Tamarisk shurbs,
contact me for
availability of the original canvases or as prints in a limited edition
thanks to the following;
Craig Brough, Information Services Librarian Library, Art & Archives Royal
Botanic Kew Gardens.
Tropical Birdland, Lindridge lane, Desford, Leicester, LE9 9GN tel. 01455
Parrots of the World J. M. Forshaw, T.F.H.Publications (info on habitat)
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These mountains continue to enthrall and
the donkey project continues with 2 weeks spent on location making
studies of the one found at the little exquisite village of Evol. This rapidly disappearing animal could again become
economical to use them instead of tractors especially on the steep
slopes of this mountainous region.
I have felt a strong
similarity between these mountains and the Hindu Kush and Himalaya
Mountains of my childhood.
The oil on canvas studies are available from
Gallerie Couleur Decor, 5 Boulevard Clemenceau 66820, Vernet les Bains,
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Some of my work is also exhibited in Turkey
Mizyal Art Centre (Mizyal Sanat Evi)
Ali Cavus Sener Cd. No: 18/B
27010 Gaziantep Turkey (Turkiye)
Tel: +90532 356 98 84
( Located near the mosaics museum)