Piece description from the artist
When I visit a city like San Francisco, I feel that the energy of the people who have made their lives there over the years is palpable, present, saturated into the streets and buildings. Although it’s a large city population-wise, SF is actually fairly small and still feels neighborly to me. This painting features a long-running whole food grocery store and restaurant at dusk in the Mission district of San Francisco at the corner of 21st & Valencia. I was struck by the way the blue building had begun to meld with the deep blue evening sky, which in turn made the street-level colors glow brighter. The building has since been painted yellow, so I’m glad I was able to capture this moment before then.
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.