Art and creativity have always been very important elements of Marleen Campbell’s life. After retiring as a teacher and vice-principal, Marleen decided to embrace her passion for oil painting, taking her inspiration from the exceptional beauty of the Canadian landscape, and from her second love, tulips.
Marleen currently resides in Ottawa, but has lived and traveled throughout much of Canada, constantly in awe of Canada’s vast and natural beauty. Enjoying time up at the cottage in the Haliburton highlands, Marleen has found great inspiration from the stunning colours of the surrounding landscapes that nature has to offer. The changing seasons and the vibrancy of the layers of colours inspire Marleen to create oil paintings which celebrate their richness, with many oil paintings portraying the magnificent fall colours
Marleen’s second greatest inspiration is a result of her Dutch heritage and living in the Ottawa area: a great fondness for tulips. Their strong colours and bold shapes inspire her to celebrate their vibrancy.
Using photos taken herself or from friends, Marleen will use broad, relaxed strokes of intense colour to create impressionistic-realistic style oil paintings.
Marleen’s paintings have been featured at the Gordon Harrison Gallery in Ottawa, Manotick Gallery and Framing, Plumes et Glisse in Tremblant, and Haliburton. Her work and commissioned pieces can be found in private collections throughout Canada, the United Kingdom, and New Zealand.