Though born and raised in Thailand, Marianne now lives and works in Denmark as an artist and a watercolour instructor. She mainly works in watercolour and mixed media in the crossroads
between abstract and figurative painting in a style which has been called “minimalistic expressionism”.|
Most of her works can be seen as landscape paintings, and she does admit to be greatly inspired by nature and natural surroundings - but she does not aim to convey any kind of realism.
Instead she wants to describe moods, thoughts, and emotions. The subject matters may be quite simplistic and she makes use of very few colours in each work, which might seem restrictive
to some - but in Marianne’s case these self-imposed limitations result in dramatic expressionist paintings with contrasts in colours and in techniques such as areas of pure washes
along with experimental techniques - anything goes as long as it serves the purpose of producing the desired expression.
The contemporary Scandinavian watercolour style tends to be loose and free, and in Marianne’s works, traditional watercolour painting will often be accompanied by the use of
experimental and unconventional techniques.
In 1989 a group of watercolour painters from the five Nordic countries Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Iceland, and Finland formed the Nordic Watercolour Society which now has around 2.000 members.
Marianne Gross has served as president of the society and is currently adjunct to the board as web editor. She has had numerous solo and group exhibitions in Denmark and the Nordic
countries as well as in other parts of Europe and in 2014 some of her works were shown on the online Taranaki site “Virtual TART”.