Marney has been interested in perception, consciousness and creativity for most of her life. She earned a BA in Honours Fine Arts and English and a Ph.D. on the art and poetry of William Blake, both from UBC, then studied meditation with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in Europe, devoting a decade to teaching Transcendental Meditation. Marney has taught watercolour classes for over 20 years, first through Camosun College and Artworld, then through her own home. She has recently developed a very successful, international online course.
Flowers have always been a source of joy and inspiration for Marney. After studying floral watercolours with various watercolour artists, she went on to develop her own unique style: large, vibrant, back-lit close-ups that reveal the spiritual essence of the flowers she paints and beyond them, her own spiritual interconnectedness with the natural world. For Marney, watercolour is the perfect medium, with its spontaneous flowing quality and its clear, transparent colour that allows the light of the paper to glow through. In her recent work, she plays with the unique edges and textures that are available only in watercolour. But the predominant feature of Marney’s work remains the tangible presence of light.