So, Marly. Who are you and where did you come from?
After high school I studied Interior Design and got my Diploma in Arty Farty-ness. I was also a keen finger painter at preschool, so my future was pretty much decided at 5 years old.
When I'm not a wife and mum (aka. chef, taxi driver, financial planner, cleaner, blah blah blah), my creative alter ego gets to play ball. Marly is merely a hybrid of my name, carLY MARie. Yup, told you I'm super creative.
In 2015, it was my Dad's 60th birthday. The funds were short, but the birthday important, one a Westfield Gift Voucher wasn't gonna cut. It had been 10 years since I'd put brush to easel back in Year 12 art class. $20 later I bought a cheap canvas, 3 bottles of cheap paint, a cheap brush and crossed my fingers. Sensing a cheap theme? Don't worry, it didn't last. I eat fancy cheese now. Dad was a Springsteen fan, so Bruce was my first subject and the present a big success....it went straight to the pool room.
I did another painting for my mum a few months later, then started to think maybe this could be a 'thing'. I mean, if your Mummy and Daddy say you can be 'anything you want to be', well I suppose for the first time, with those teenage angst years long behind me, I really listened.
Since then, more than 70 Marly commissions have gone out into the world, including Canada, America, England, Switzerland & Ireland. I've also love to indulge in a bit of Graphic Art and occasionally take the odd photo. I work my 'day job' in the Financial Planning & Insurance business just to really confuse you.
I believe that hommus is life, tea is compulsory, plastic sucks, music is medicine and the mountains will always have my heart.
I'll be honest, I don't expect to take the art & design world by storm. I just love creating. It's my happy place and keeps me from being sucked into a Netflix binge vortex entirely.
It's as simple as that.