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Marna Schindler

Marna Schindler

About the Artist

A local San Diego Artist, Marna Schindler has spent the last decade exhibiting her paintings full-time at art festivals and galleries in California and across the West. Enrolled in art classes at the San Diego Zoo from an early age, she quickly knew her passion for drawing, and especially, for drawing animals and nature, was something she would always preserve. At age 7 (while drawing a giraffe in oil crayon) she knew one day this passion would somehow be cultivated into a living.
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About the Artist

A local San Diego Artist, Marna Schindler has spent the last decade exhibiting her paintings full-time at art festivals and galleries in California and across the West. Enrolled in art classes at the San Diego Zoo from an early age, she quickly knew her passion for drawing, and especially, for drawing animals and nature, was something she would always preserve. At age 7 (while drawing a giraffe in oil crayon) she knew one day this passion would somehow be cultivated into a living.
Marna continued to enjoy art as a child, and as a result of creating a greeting card business with her best friend in 6th grade and selling their handmade cards door-to-door, she and her friend were featured in National Geographic’s Kids World. Marna went on to paint signs and murals for family and friends, restaurants, and shops, and became the in-house artist for her high school dances and theater club productions. While pursuing a Fine Arts degree from San Diego State University, Marna illustrated for the San Diego Museum of Man’s monthly Discovery magazine, as well as for San Diego State’s Daily Aztec. Her editorial illustrations at the Aztec captured two awards for the Aztec, and in a painting class in which her professor called her a “colorist”, Marna caught a glimpse of her future as a painter. Marna describes her paintings as organic, playful and meditative. “When working on a painting, I find the best results come from a careful combination of focus and detachment. I think it is very important not to stifle the piece, and let it become what it wants.” Her subjects are almost exclusively animals and nature, and all are infused with vivid color, bold and expressive brush strokes, and what she hopes to communicate: an underlying sense of joy.
Marna was recently awarded “Best in Painting” at the 2014 Sedona Arts Festival, and “Featured Artist” for San Diego ArtWalk’s 30th anniversary celebration in 2014. In 2007, Marna was also awarded Featured Artist for both San Diego Artwalk and Tempe Festival of the Arts, and is a permanent member of Tempe Festival’s Artists Advisory Committee. In addition to the dozen or so juried art shows in which she exhibits yearly, Marna is represented by Van Gogh’s Ear Gallery in Prescott, AZ, Artspresso Gallery in Ildyllwild, CA, and most recently, the San Diego Zoo. Later this fall, Marna and her work will be featured again at San Diego Zoo’s flagship store.
Marna is tremendously grateful to be living her passion, and appreciative of family, friends, and collectors who have encouraged and helped her on this path, as well as her feline muses-in-residence, Hopper and Natasha. Marna is honored that a percentage of her art can help support shelters and organizations benefiting animals.

Artist's Work

The-magic-hour
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The Magic Hour

By Marna Schindler

Leap-of-faith-over-fanny-2
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Leap of Faith over Fanny

By Marna Schindler

Alegre
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Alegre

By Marna Schindler

About-the-horizon
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About the Horizon

By Marna Schindler

Fancy-flier
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Fancy Flier

By Marna Schindler

On-soldiers-pass
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On Soldier's Pass

By Marna Schindler

Hummie-in-teal
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Hummie in Teal

By Marna Schindler

Summer-wind-2
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Summer Wind

By Marna Schindler

Someone-to-watch-over-me
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Someone to Watch Over Me

By Marna Schindler

After-the-storm-7
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After the Storm

By Marna Schindler

Steppin-out-2
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Steppin' Out

By Marna Schindler

Afterglow
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Afterglow

By Marna Schindler

Desert-blooms
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Desert Blooms

By Marna Schindler

Red-rock-rising
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Red Rock Rising

By Marna Schindler

Colors-of-the-desert
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Colors of the Desert

By Marna Schindler

Happy-day
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Happy Day

By Marna Schindler

Waltz-of-the-flowers
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Waltz of the Flowers

By Marna Schindler

Kumi-2
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Kumi

By Marna Schindler

Sand-and-sea
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Sand and Sea

By Marna Schindler

In-the-distance-4
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In the Distance

By Marna Schindler

Reception-tonight
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Reception Tonight

By Marna Schindler

Moondoggie
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Moondoggie

By Marna Schindler

Torrey-pines-afternoon
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Torrey Pines Afternoon

By Marna Schindler

Never-let-me-go
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Never Let Me Go

By Marna Schindler

Brand-new-day
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Brand New Day

By Marna Schindler

Beyond-the-sea-2
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Beyond the Sea

By Marna Schindler

Winds-of-change-2
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Winds of Change

By Marna Schindler

Hearts-of-the-desert
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Hearts of the Desert

By Marna Schindler

Cactus
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Cactus

By Marna Schindler

Sitting-pretty-2
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Sitting Pretty

By Marna Schindler

Earth-spirit
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Earth Spirit

By Marna Schindler

April-in-torrey-pines
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April in Torrey Pines

By Marna Schindler

Now-comes-the-night
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Now Comes the Night

By Marna Schindler

Red-rock-rising-2
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Red Rock Rising

By Marna Schindler

La-jolla-shores-afternoon
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La Jolla Shores Afternoon

By Marna Schindler

Selected Exhibitions

  • Van Gogh's Ear Gallery
    Prescott, AZ, 2015
  • A Muse Gallery
    San Luis Obispo, CA, 2015

Press and Accolades

  • Featured Artist, San Diego ArtWalk
    2007, 2014
  • Featured Artist, Tempe Festival of the Arts
    2007
  • Best in Painting, Sedona Arts Festival
    2014

Education

  • San Diego State University, BFA
    San Diego, Ca,1995