Marianne earned a BFA in painting from Washington University in Saint Louis, with post-graduate work in Japan, China, and at the Vermont Studio Center. A Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation Fellowship recipient, Marianne has shown work nationally in New York, Washington DC, Philadelphia, Santa Monica, San Francisco, Denver, and internationally in Scotland and Germany. Her work hangs in many important collections including The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and Sloan Kettering Cancer Research Center, and has private collectors across the United States and abroad including England, France, Germany, Australia, Japan, Tanzania, and Canada.
Available paintings are for purchase directly through Marianne as well as private and corporate commission engagements. Inquire about paintings and commissions
Marianne has a rare and precious talent; she is a true colorist. Her unusual sensitivity to color is matched by an innate understanding of the emotional impact visual elements have in composing a work of art.
~ Richard Rosenfeld, retired owner and director, The Rosenfeld Gallery
Wow, this painting makes my spirits soar. I lean towards realism, but the adherence to beauty in this work surpasses any other considerations. ~ Irene Dunn, portrait painter
We FEAST on your work Marianne! I look at it when I get up every morning and just marvel... ~ Howard Casper, Collector
I want to get into the space of your paintings - mind-blowingly beautiful!! ~ Betsy Masters, Architect and collector
You have touched eternity in your paintings. ~ Carol Rauch, Entrepreneur
The PERSONAL. The UNIVERSAL.
Compelled by the universal tension in balance, my paintings and oil pastels convey a harmonious sense of inner place that is reflected in the cosmos, nature, and humanity.
Polarities such as dark skies couching brilliant light, physical landscape holding immeasurable spirit, and feelings elicited by love and fear inspire a language of complement, shaping the paint or oil pastel to create resonant compositions through blended layers of luminous opaque and transparent color.
Offering reciprocity between the tangible and intangible realms of life, my visual poems are sustenance for one’s whole being.
The daughter of architects Ehrman B. and Hermine S. Mitchell, Marianne grew up in a home her parents designed and where she and husband Bruce Schmit later raised their own family. The architecture of an open floor plan defined by glass facades and stone walls framing the Pennsylvania landscape, offered an environment of contrasts held in harmony that profoundly shaped Marianne's artistic vision.
Marianne's travels inspire documentation of scenes that capture the mystery and awe felt within, from experiencing the beauty around. They are "visual notes," making reference to her artistic vision.