A little back-story - both previously married (13 years or so) and then divorced, 6 and 5 years respectively, they met in Houston, he an artist from Maine with a young adult son, she beginning her art career in Texas with two children, a boy 13 and a girl 11. They married 5 weeks later - yes, believe it - accepting the risks and believing in the future, and possibilities, and adventures this artistic union would bring. Too, they were firmly committed to having a partnership that could be tried but not broken..
The first fifteen years of their marriage brought a rural life north of Santa Fe, complete with chickens, vegetable gardens, flower beds and a wonderful gallery, exhibition, landscape exploration in her work for Marianne, and for Bill, an adjustment from East Coast to desert landscape, from watercolor to oil and an opportunity for immersion in his second love, classical guitar, and continued support from his previous galleries on the East Coast. Interspersed with summers of teenagers and springs and falls of travels in the Four Corners, Utah and Colorado for camping, drawing, photographing, and painting the landscape, they traveled to surrounding states and the East Coast for exhibitions and enrichment.
The mid to late 90's brought the big transition, final shows in galleries, and the desire to expand artistically and explore new mediums for both, with a general change in the times leading the way. Calling her transition, in hindsight, the muddling time, she explored tinwork and nichos, floral portraits, and the pecularities of acrylic before landing finally in abstraction. His transition, more informed, was from oil painting to the challenges of sumi-e. Their need continued to generate income, so none of this messiness was concealed, and was accompanied by usual activities of independent artists, with open studios, alternative venues, independent promotion, and varying degrees of success. Her early entry into the mysteries of computers and art marketing served them both well and their freedom from commercial gallery needs fueled their artistic expansion, if not their incomes. Study of Vedanta and other mysteries of the Eastern philosophies supported them spiritually, emotionally, and philosophically.
So here they are 30 years later, though the bumpy times and the best, with no regrets for choices made, even where mistakes incurred losses, she happy with her dual output of both figurative sculpture and abstract painting (though unable to defend or explain) and he achieving a exceptional mastery of ink, brush and rice paper, and personal pleasure in music-making on the guitar. Forty and fifty-two when married, they remain committed to the art life and their con-joined paths thirty years later and hope to continue the growth and creativity they have always believed comes with risk-taking.
To longevity and perserverance!
Marianne and William