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Marian Fortunati

I am a contemporary California impressionist who enjoys painting outdoors. I use oil paints to create interesting experiments with texture and color. My outdoor sketches often serve as references for larger studio work, but are also special mementos of places and adventures.

I met my husband while I was on a summer vacation adventure in Venice, Italy. We were married there
in Venice a year after meeting. My surname means “lucky” in Italian which reminds me that as I interpret my experiences in paintings, it is my aim to engage and entertain viewers with interesting forms and playful paint. I am lucky to be on this journey.

I am a California native. I grew up and worked in Southern California. I had a long career as a teacher and a principal in Los Angeles. After painting and studying art for many years during time off work, I now paint full-time.

I have had many learning opportunities establishing a strong foundation in the Impressionist tradition of seeing and painting shapes of light and color. I studied extensively since 2010 with Master landscape and undersea artist, David C. Gallup.

My artistic style and unique way of seeing has developed over time. I am an award-winning artist, and my work is found in collections throughout the United States, Europe, China and Australia. I am an Artist Member of the California Art Club and various other art organizations. I am a founding member of PAC6 Painters; an adventurous group dedicated to exploring and painting the beauty and grandeur of the American landscape.

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