Meet Marie Allen

I work with mixed media because I enjoy using materials that are at hand and also that work for me. I don’t want to be restricted and, working in layers as I do, whatever gives me the effect I want I will use. The only medium I don’t use (yet!) are oils. My journaling work evolves in the moment – or rather moment-to-moment – I do not have a plan or an outcome in mind, I just enjoy the images that emerge when I ‘get out of my own way’. That is, I don’t think about it. I enjoy getting out of my mind!

The themes in both my journaling work and in my paintings are to do with what is hidden, bringing the unconscious into consciousness; and a kind or archaeology that reveals archetypal symbols and marks that resonate with the deep unconscious in us all. For that reason I am drawn to ancient landscapes and standing stones, mountains and wild places. No-one taught me any of this – I excavated it within myself and still am. My aim in my work is, I think, to evoke an emotional response in the viewer, a sense of spirit of place (inner and outer).

My creative work is what gives life meaning for me. I paint, write and create because I have to – for my sanity, for my life. Art Journaling is about having a conversation with my inmost self, allowing the heart’s voice to be heard. The deeper I go, the nearer I get to the Source. I know that this is why I am here, to create. When I allow that what I do is enough, I feel fulfilled in this moment. Then there is just this, what is good to do, trusting myself.

I live in Leicester in the Clarendon Park area. Since moving here and renting a space in a local studio I have begun to work larger and in a more abstract way, trying to get the essence of things. I am happiest when I am in tune with the seasons turning, the ebb and flow of life and death. This is supported by my Soto Zen meditation practice, although in truth I am really a feminist, pagan Buddhist with shamanic leanings!

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