MARYANNE JESPERSEN

CURRICULUM VITAE
 
Born and raised in central Alberta, I now make my home/studio in Turner Valley, Alberta.  Having a special love towards all of nature’s creations started in early childhood and has continued to grow with an increased knowledge of my surroundings.  Living close to the prairies and mountains has provided me with nature’s beauty to expand my artistic talent.
 
From 1983, my job left little time for artistic creativity to be properly obtained and developed.  However, vistas viewed through my travels kept me inspired and I longed to spend more time interpreting those observations and placing them onto a blank canvas thus creating a vivid flush of color I desperately wanted to share with everyone who embraced colorful expressive art.
 
By late 1990, I sought instruction and coupled with my determination all art classes were embraced and attended fully.  By 1993 I changed careers, which allowed me more time for my true passion, painting.  My studio was the great outdoors and by 1995 various paintings depicted a new freedom of impressionism and a promising new career sharing my perspective through my art.  Early morning and late afternoon painting excursions are a favorite of mine.  Working primarily with oil paints, my art became an expression of strength, light and emotion set on canvas.  From my unique imagination my paintings can and do project and exhibit a warm closeness to nature that is constantly evolving.
 
In 2000, I fully committed to my artistic passion by painting full time. Exploring even more with my art, I am constantly painting, and it has become even more important to continue on this path to furthering my transition and growth as an artist.
 
My art resides in businesses and residences in England, Qatar, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Colorado, Ohio, Minnesota, Idaho, Washington, and various places throughout Canada from Victoria, to Montreal to Toronto.
 
1990 – 2001
Private Instruction at Swintons Art Supply, Calgary Alberta
Studied primarily under Karen Swearengen (www.karenswearengen.com)
 
Karen’s goal as an instructor is to give confidence to the student along with the skills necessary to bring out the unique style and personal expression. Areas stressed are technique and composition, which includes value mapping, color and design.
 
2000 – 2005
Annual Spring and Fall Shows at Maryannes Eden
 
 
2001
Calgary Exhibition & Stampede, Art Auction
2002
Calgary Exhibition & Stampede, Western Art Gallery
 
Spring, 2006
Maryannes Eden, Black Diamond, Alberta, Spring Show
 
McKenzie Towne, Calgary, Alberta, Kim Cook Show
 
Saffron Studies, Cochrane, Alberta, Grand Opening Show
 
Ethan Allen, Calgary, Alberta, Solo Exhibition
 
Fall, 2006
Nexen Building, Calgary, Alberta, Solo Show
 
Sunlife Plaza, Calgary, Alberta, Solo Show
 
Maryannes Eden, Black Diamond, Alberta, Annual Fall Show
 
Ethan Allen, Calgary, Alberta, Solo Exhibition
 
Saffron Studios, Cochrane, Alberta, Fall Show
 
Leonidas Chocolates, Calgary, Alberta, Fall Chocolate Fest
 
The Consignment Gallery, Calgary, Alberta, Solo Exhibition  
 
Spring, 2007
The Station, Okotoks, Alberta, Rage Against Beige
 
Calgary Horticulture Society, Calgary, Alberta, Springtime Serenade
 
Maryannes Eden, Black Diamond, Alberta, Annual Spring Show
 
Saffron Studios, Cochrane, Alberta, Spring Show
 
Gibson Fine Art, Calgary, Alberta, Spring Show
 
Ethan Allen, Calgary, Alberta, Solo Exhibition
 
Timberstand Gallery, Sandpoint, Idaho, Plein-Air Competition
 
Fall, 2007
Sidney Plein Air Competition, Sidney, British Columbia
 
The Station, Okotoks, Alberta, Up the Sheep Without a Paddle
Calgary Roundup Centre, Calgary, Alberta, Womens Show
 
Maryannes Eden, Black Diamond, Alberta, Annual Fall Show
 
Cochrane Humane Society, Calgary, Alberta, Saving Lives Art Sale
 
Mat and Mitre Gallery, Penticton, British Columbia, Alberta Inspirations
 
Saffron Studios, Cochrane, Alberta, Fall Show
 
Leonidas Chocolates, Calgary, Alberta, Fall Chocolate Fest
 
Nexen Atrium, Calgary, Alberta, Solo Exhibition
 
Spring, 2008
Nexen Atrium, Calgary, Alberta, Solo Exhibition
 
Maryannes Eden, Black Diamond, Alberta, Annual Spring Show
 
The Can Coffee Company, Penticton, British Columbia, Natural Inspirations
 
Saffron Studios, Cochrane, Alberta, Spring Show
 
Diamond Valley Chamber of Commerce, Art in the Heart of the Cowboy Trail
 
Leonidas Chocolates, Calgary, Alberta, Spring Celebration
 
Fall, 2008
Calgary Roundup Centre, Calgary, Alberta, Home and Interior Design Show
 
Maryannes Eden, Black Diamond, Alberta, Annual Fall Show
 
Nexen Atrium, Calgary, Alberta, Solo Exhibition
 
Mat and Mitre Gallery, Penticton, British Columbia, Okanagan Inspirations
 
Saffron Studios, Cochrane, Alberta, Fall Show
 
Leonidas Chocolates, Calgary, Alberta, Fall Chocolates
 
Spring, 2009
Maryannes Eden, Black Diamond, Alberta, Annual Spring Show
 
Vales Greenhouse, Black Diamond, Alberta, “Cultivation of Art”
 
Gust Gallery Waterton, Alberta, On Going Exhibit
Fall, 2009
Maryannes Eden, Black Diamond, Alberta, Annual Fall Show
 
Willow Park Wine and Spirits, Calgary, Alberta, Solo Show
 
Spring, 2010
Maryannes Eden, Black Diamond, Alberta, Annual Spring Show
 
Vales Greenhouse, Black Diamond, Alberta, “Cultivation of Art”
 
Gust Gallery, Waterton, Alberta, On Going
 
Fall, 2010
Vancouver Home and Interior Design Show, Vancouver, British Columbia
 
Willow Park Wine and Spirits, Calgary, Solo Exhibit
 
TerraWrx, Calgary, Alberta, Solo Show
 
Maryannes Eden, Black Diamond, Alberta, Annual Fall Show
 
Spring, 2011
Maryannes Eden, Black Diamond, Alberta, Annual Spring Show
 
Paul & Barb Smith, Toronto, Ontario, Solo Exhibit
 
Vales Greenhouse, Black Diamond, Annual “Cultivation of Art” Show
 
Gust Gallery, Waterton, Alberta, On Going
 
Fall, 2011
Maryannes Eden, Black Diamond, Alberta, Annual Fall Show
 
The Kidney Foundation “Shabam” Arts & Music Festival, Edmonton, Alberta