About the artist

Marianne Holtermann, the artist

As a self-taught artist I started painting only a few years ago when a combination of circumstances gave me the encouragement and inspiration to try my hand at something I had always longed to do. 


My preferred medium is pastels for their brilliant colors, multiple possibilities and ease of use.

I am constantly learning and evolving as an artist. I enjoy experimenting with color, style and subject matter. Forms, lines, color and their juxtaposition is what captivates me in a landscape, be it natural or manmade. People fascinate me when they convey an emotion, a message, or make me curious.

 And then there is the light…… it’s all about the light. 

In my art I try to capture not only what I see, but also the feelings the subject evoke in me. It is my hope that the viewer will connect with my art emotionally -  not just as something that is pleasing to the eye.

Over the years I have been taking thousands of photos and continue to do so. Some of these photos now serve as inspiration  and reference.

I have exhibited locally at Firehouse gallery in Milford, as well as Milford Arts Center, Lyme Art Association Gallery, Slater Memorial Museum in Norwich, City-Wide Open Studios New Haven, New Haven Paint and Clay Club and Colors of Humanity Art on-line gallery 



Merit Award, Connecticut Pastel Society Member Exhibit 2021

The Weiss Sisters Prize, New Haven Paint and Clay Club´s 119th Annual Juried Art Exhibition 2020

Jack Richeson & Company Award III at Connecticut Pastel Society´s  Member Exhibition 2020

Honorable Mention at Milford Arts Council Waterscapes Exhibit 2019

First prize at Pastel Guild of Europe's on-line contest December-January 2018-19

Third place in the "Go Figure" show at The Firehouse Gallery 2019

Honorable mention Pastel Guild of Europe's on-line Summer contest 2018

Second place at The Firehouse Gallery show "From the Garden", April 2018

Hull´s Art Supply and Framing Award at Connecticut Pastel Society´s member-show 2018

Honorable mention at The Firehouse Gallery show "Go Figure", January 2018

Honorable mention at The Firehouse Gallery show “Reflections”, March 2017

Honorable mention at Connecticut PastelSociety´s Purely  Pastel Exhibition 2016

Third place at Milford Arts Council and Milford Yacht Club Marine show 2016

First prize at Milford Arts Center show “Arboretum” in 2015


Pastel Guild of Europe

Milford Arts Council

CT pastel Society

Lyme Art Association

New Haven Paint & Clay Club

Connecticut Women Artists

American Women Artists