Nature versus Nurture? That is the question. Are we born intrinsically creative or does creativity require fostering and nurturing so that it becomes a natural part of our daily existence. There are those who live a creative life while others seem to lose or forget how to be creative. Maybe being creative requires a bit of both.

Marie Antuanelle is a Sydney based seascape abstract artist who has been painting as a professional for the last two years. Since the age of five, creativity and art had a huge impact on her life and it saved her from insanity. It was a form of psychotherapy and meditation at a time when everything around her was changing.

Growing up in Siberia during the political crisis whereby the Soviet Union was under reconstruction both economically and politically as well as socially, with the announcement of Perestroika. This changed the political landscape of the Soviet Union which lead to a major economic fiasco and a fatal division between the Soviets themselves. Creativity was Marie’s saving grace.

“It was a really tough time. The country was in ruin, lots of theft and robberies and there was no protection. It was hard for my mother, raising three kids alone, we were barely able to live week by week,” Marie said.

“Art became a therapy for me. It was the one thing that I could alone. It was the one thing that was for me, without having anyone want something of me.”


Marie travels all around the world trying to capture and portray the different oceans in her artworks under the slogan, ‘Four Oceans in Seashells, Resin and Fire’. She tries to capture the emotions evoked in different places using fire and items that she picks up along away from each location.

“I like the constant movement when you see the reflection of light on the surface of the ocean. The power of nature, constantly moving, endless, it really stirs something inside of me,” Marie said.

“I like to portray the texture of the ocean. Most of my paintings are oceanic, not realistic but you still have a feeling of the texture of the water. It’s about expressionism, expressing the feelings rather than showing the actual nature of the ocean.”

Like all creatives, Marie begins with a vision in her head, an inspiration. She has done away with paint brushes and uses the pouring to mix method. She uses resin mixed with colour pigmentation and incorporates items like seashells or golden leaves into her work. Some items are clearly obvious, while other items are only known by her.



Ak Akkawi



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