The name given me at birth, John Edward Marin, is the name I use to distinguish me from the other artists by my name sake. I have over the years signed my work in various ways. Every time I change, it has marked a distinct period in my work. Here are the variations. M., J Marin, John Marin (in cursive), Marin, John E Marin, jem, and JM (in cursive).
I paint with acrylics mostly these days, I like to draw with pencil, ink, and markers. I have been known to use pastels as well.
I started painting in 2003 in Atlanta, GA, and had fun learning how to work with various materials, and therapeutically releasing the resistances I had to my own creative flow. My work changes quite frequently as I continue to explore different styles and techniques. Currently I am painting more portraits, and using the creations as a means of healing for the subject and myself. I think of them as similar to Hopi sand paintings, by infusing the artwork with healing intent. As for my abstract works, they are also embued with positive life force energy. I have learned how to focus this healing energy through many spiritual practices I have been educating myself with, such as Reiki, Light Therapy, and shamanic ceremony.
My goal with my artwork is to uncover more of the mystery of life as it unfolds, and to bring beauty to the world as best I am able.
You will notice that I have not included the accolades that many other artists like to do on their websites. I have entered juried competitions and placed, but never won, I have had gallery shows, and had my artwork in prestigious peoples homes and businesses. I used to strive to be known as an artist, but my focus has changed as I realize my art is more than a paycheck to me. The conflicting energies of competition for a stake in the art marketplace, negatively effected the work, and me as a person. This has led me to reconsider why I create, and for who I create.
I now seek to enrich the lives of those who connect with my work, as well as my own life as I express my own truth through it.
If you need more information please feel free to ask. I am willing to answer any questions you may have about my work, my career as an artist, as well as my work in the healing arts.