Life is a painting for day, every scene, each moment she experiences, Marlene Kurland. Every is framed inside her head. But although she has committed these images to canvas her whole life, no one ever told her she could paint for a career. And so, she did the next best thing: she became a makeup artist. Kurland eventually went on to own her own chain of skin care salons, and then a national makeup artist agency, before devoting herself fulltime to her work. She describes it as “happy art”: a kind of realistic impressionism that depicts her subjects in a free and loose style, enabling the viewer to connect and relate to her paintings while also feeling uplifted by them. Much of her work is commissioned – custom family portraits, beach scenes, homes, or paintings of children and pets inspired by her collectors’ most meaningful photographs. Kurland aims to truly get to the heart of who her subjects are through her process. “I feel like I know them at the end,” she explains.
Kurland also paints for charity. She continually donates works to the Shriners Hospital for Children and the families of the victims of the Sandy Hook tragedy. She lives and paints every day, dividing her time between Maryland and Florida.