Piece description from the artist
"Vanilla" features a Victorian townhouse in San Francisco's Mission District doubling as a street-level frozen yogurt shop. This building is also sandwiched between two rather gaudy "painted ladies" and is a drab, aged cream color during the day, so the title refers to both its dual-purpose and daytime paint color.
Some of my favorite details that make this a uniquely San Francisco scene are that they advertise organic treats, and the equality for immigrants sign above. How great would it be to live above an ice cream shop?!
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.