About the Artist
Marina Clunie’s paintings adorn homes and businesses in all corners of the globe.
Marina took graphic art classes at the Cape Technikon, painting classes at Art B, and pottery classes, and has sat under the tutorship of various artists. She is a member of the SA Society of Artists, the West Coast Art Guild and the Blaauwberg Art Society.
An ex-Capetonian, she has immersed herself in the spirit and soul of the West Coast. A hundred-year-old vishuis on the banks of the Berg River on Bokkomlaan houses her studio, River Studio, and she lives in Velddrif – at the mouth of the Berg River.
She is inspired by the flux of the moods and seasons of the Berg River and wetlands, transferring her impressionist fascination with light and movement onto canvas, using oil and sometimes a palette knife.
“My life here embraces space, freedom and the simplicity yet vastness of nature. Old boats swaying against old jetties, never-ending beaches, a moody cloud-sky, characteristic West Coast buildings, the river and the wetlands have all inspired me.“
River Studio on Bokkomlaan attracts tourists, art lovers and journalists. Marina made her first appearance in a publication in 2001 and since then has appeared in a variety of publications (cultural, art, tourism) as well as brief appearances on TV programmes. She has also received several prizes from various art competitions.
A recent trip to Paris included a visit to the Louvre and the house and studio of her favourite impressionist artist, Claude Monet – the lily pond being the highlight. She is currently engaged in a series of paintings of the lily pond.
The soul of the West Coast extends beyond her paintbrush. Drop-in guests take on the 120 km journey from Cape Town to visit, enticed by her imaginative West Coast fare and hospitality. A class of school children found her unique personality and art style an uplifting experience, and both tourists and visiting artists comment on the wonderful peaceful atmosphere of her studio. “I cannot keep this atmosphere and river view to myself. I need to share it. And I always have coffee, tea and condensed milk ready, so feel free to visit.” And they do.
Marina Clunie, epitomizing the spirit and the soul of the West Coast.