Biography

Marianne R. Williamson

Marianne was born in California but grew up in Geneva Switzerland.

She was raised bilingual French and English, going to school at the Ecole Internationale, in Geneva.

Marianne started taking art lessons at 15, and spent 2 years in Paris concentrating on art history. This classical education served as a good foundation for the degree in Art from L’Ecole des Beaux Arts in Geneva, Switzerland.

After graduating, there was an opportunity to teach in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania for a year in an International School. It was a fascinating year for a 23 year old to see the different cultures in East Africa in 1966.

The next few years Marianne taught in New York and New Jersey, before getting married and having her 3 children.

When the children were little the only way to continue working was to work all week in the studio, and go to the art shows on the weekends.

The move to a better climate in 1979 brought all kinds of changes to the palette and medium.

Textiles were incorporated and that is when quilting started, and it has been the focus of Marianne’s work ever since.

Movement and light are the main theme. The work changes depending on where Marianne is at the moment. After living in Denver, Jackson Wyoming and New Mexico, the light and themes vary but the technique stays the same.

Marianne has incorporated her knowledge of painting and quilting into her wall hangings. This style has been developed over 20 years of hard work and has become a very distinctive style.

This textile art has been accepted into all the main Art Quilt Shows all over the US and abroad.

Marianne R. Williamson is a Juried Member of the Studio Quilters Association (SAQA).