Marie Louise Wrightson sees herself primarily as a realist still life oil painter, who uses an eclectic mix of objects & imagery to express interests, passions & memories. Many of Marie’s works are inspired by memories from her childhood, such as trips to the seaside, colourful sweets, fairground amusements and visits to her grandparents. Such memories are incorporated in figurative form to create a visual self-portrait comprised of past moments and treasured memories.
Her oil paintings are influenced by the Dutch Still Life painters of the 17th Century: painters such as Pieter Claesz, Willem Kalf and contemporary artists like Scottish-born painter Joyce Cairns and American photo-realist painter Ralph Goings. Marie uses the style method of a dark, almost black background, frequently used by the Dutch still life painters. This technique accentuates the imagery in the foreground, bringing exuberance to the painted still life work.
From Dundee to London Marie has held numerous solo and group exhibitions, including an exhibition at The Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh. Her works are held in many public and private collections in the UK, Ireland and Australia including the St Andrews Museum collection. She has also been featured in many national and local publications.