Piece description from the artist
As a child, I had a nightmare that I was caught in a crossfire and shot fatally while outside at night in a parking lot saturated with orange sodium lighting. As a result, I remained terrified of being out at night under orange lights for years. In 2008, I decided to create a series of nightscapes featuring orange with the intention to make beautiful images as a method of getting past my fearful association. I feel that the results are both pretty and haunting. Haven is a selection from that series; the subject is a parking garage in the Mission district of San Francisco.
Marianne Bland’s art career began in 1998 when she started her own mural painting business at the age of 16. She has since acquired a BFA in Painting & Drawing from the California College of the Arts and has studied abroad in Marseille, France.
Marianne's favorite subject matter is the city. She is intrigued by the urban landscape as a dense concentration of diverse, individual experiences occurring simultaneously in a public space. She often explores the city’s harmony of contradictions in colorful nightscape paintings and her biggest influences are Edward Hopper and Wayne Thiebaud.
In 2011, she was selected as a large heart artist for “Hearts in San Francisco 2012”. Marianne’s paintings have been exhibited throughout Northern California at venues including Stanford University and City Art Gallery. She currently works out of her home studio in Sacramento, California.