She was raised in the small town as her grandmother.

Marlene Lowden grew up in an ocean side rural town on the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia, just outside of Vancouver, Canada. After several years in television broadcasting, she resumed her lifelong interest in painting, drawing, and photography. She draws from her experience in television and video production, applying to canvas similar principles of composition and storytelling. While working and raising her two daughters, she studied with a range of instructors learning watercolour, acrylic, and oil painting techniques. She lives and works in her hometown of Gibsons, BC. and is honoured to have her work in private and public collections in Canada and internationally.

abstract expressionism

She has an enduring fascination for women’s history, especially in art and literature. Her study of history and geography at UBC continues to develop her awareness of the profound but often unacknowledged impact women have had on Canada’s cultural, economic, and political past. She is particularly drawn to the women of the Abstract Expressionist movement that developed in the 1940s. Their pushback against the macho world of mid-20th century abstract painting and the subsequent rise of the Feminist Art Movement in the 1960s has been influential on her signature mark-making style. She is currently exhibiting an homage series to Canadian female artists called “Blind Contour Homage.”

Facilitator & teacher

Marlene is also a facilitator and yoga teacher. Along with with painter Marleen Vermeulen, she co-hosts an annual art and yoga retreat called Open Your Art in Spain. She has published an adult colouring book called Outside Your Lines. Marlene enjoys sharing her philosophy of art making and reaches out to her community by offering demos and as an instructor in schools and at festivals. She was a member and facilitator with Thrive Art Studios, an international collective of female artists. She recently worked in partnership with Place des Arts and Art Girl Rising to produced videos to encourage people to create art at home. In the fall of 2020, she will offer online courses.

Follow her process on Instagram.