An Artist

My biggest love from the age of six when sat on a bench drawing sheep on my local villages green has been to draw. It doesn't matter what those drawings develop into, whether it be into stitch and embroidery or paint. What matters is to draw.

Here is a little film about my work....

When at school I was encouraged to keep away from the arts and do as many 'proper' subjects as possible, as is quite often the way at boarding school. When I say the arts I mean painting mainly as we were not given the opportunity to explore and develop much back then, although it is where my love of Italian Renaissance art and life drawing came from. I gained most of my experience at university where I  immersed myself in thick and atmospheric oil paintings of the moors looking in detail at textures and tiny colour subtleties. Those concerns are still my main focus when working. Tiny details, layers, texture, colour. I spend nearly every moment of the day thinking about creating, looking for new things to use, new products, new techniques and new inspiration.

marna lunt stitching her textile illustrationsWhen at school I was encouraged to keep away from the arts and do as many 'proper' subjects as possible, as is quite often the way at boarding school. When I say the arts I mean painting mainly as we were not given the opportunity to explore and develop much back then, although it is where my love of Italian Renaissance art and life drawing came from. I gained most of my experience at university where I  immersed myself in thick and atmospheric oil paintings of the moors looking in detail at textures and tiny colour subtleties. Those concerns are still my main focus when working. Tiny details, layers, texture, colour. I spend nearly every moment of the day thinking about creating, looking for new things to use, new products, new techniques and new inspiration.

Now I work in a range of media, mainly using embroidery to bring to life illustrated scenes of cities and moorland landscapes and portraits. Paint is creeping back into my work more and more and experimentation is very much the main aim of 2016. I am currently ensconced on a project to produce a sketch a day and share it on social media, I'm currently hating everything I produce but absolutely love the commitment of showing and telling and forcing myself to let go.

marna lunt hand stitching on the moorsMy work can be found in galleries across the country as well as online in my shops. I am taking a break from commissioned work to concentrate on developing my own work where you can see my journey on my blog and Instagram feed. 

I work from my home studio in the North East of England and am always brought back to the Moors where I grew up and visit all the time to sketch and have peace.

I have won many awards for my work and regularly feature in  publications, have a range of prints available and a bone china ceramics range. I am a mother and wife and am writing a book on landmarks and landscape used in my artwork.