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My life has always revolved around the water, from growing up sailing yachts and windsurfing on the Swan River in Perth to learning how to surf on the beautiful reef passes in the lagoon of New Caledonia. I am happiest when I’m surrounded by water, in particular, the sea, and sharing something as exhilarating as surfing with family and friends.

Marnie Morat Surfing

Photo credit: Fenna de King

Marnie Morat creates her colourful watercolours and acrylics to share her vision of everyday life that might slip by unnoticed.

I like to take ordinary moments or scenes and bring out the beauty using colour, shapes and lines.

Marnie was born in Perth, Western Australia, where she completed a degree in graphic design at Curtin University. She worked as a graphic artist in advertising agencies around Australia. She lived on the beautiful French South Pacific island of New Caledonia for 20 years but now calls Noosa, Queensland home.

In New Caledonia Marnie worked as a freelance designer and illustrator for several years before devoting her time to creating her own art. Her first solo exhibition was held in Noumea in 1998. Since then she has held seven other one-man shows and many group exhibitions. She has illustrated several books and created artwork for postage stamps and magazines. Her art is held in private collections around the world.

I try to use the technics of graphic design to communicate visually, creating figurative images with bold contrasting outlines in Indian ink and happy, bright colours juxtaposed in harmony. Luminosity is essential.

Her passions include surfing, travel, anything artistic and of course her family who all love the water as much as she does.

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