Marianne Millar was born and raised in Southern California and received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of California at Davis. She then went on to post-baccalaureate studies In Illustration and Drawing and Painting at California State University in Long Beach. During this period Marianne was involved in the design and production of many public and private murals for such clients as Liberty Fruit and Produce, City of Long Beach, the Port of Long Beach, and the Long Beach Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
After brief employment as a newspaper photographer in 1992-1993, Marianne traveled back to Southern California and back to her first love, painting.
In 1994 she began drawing on her childhood experiences of traveling to Indian reservations, trading posts, dances and Pow-wows throughout the American West, and started her first series of Native American portraits.
Around this time Marianne began to show her work in southwestern galleries of Scottsdale, AZ and Santa Fe, NM. Her painting career continued to blossom throughout the 1990’s and early 2000’s.
In 2007 Marianne planned a short term hiatus from painting with a focus in exploring her spiritual roots. She ended up joining an organization called Youth with a Mission, an international missionary organization. The short term hiatus turned into 4 years living in Guatemala and working throughout parts of Central America and the Caribbean.
In 2011 she returned to the United States and in 2012 she moved to Santa Fe, NM and returned to her passion of painting fully enriched and enlivened by her experiences abroad.
Marianne offers Original Paintings, Reproductions and Prints.
Private Commissions available by request.