About Marion Podolski

Scottish-born artist Marion Podolski is now relishing the freedom to follow more creative interests after a long career in high tech and web design. Along with husband Zdravko, she divides her time between California, Scotland and Croatia. Marion holds the unusual combination of a degree in Pure Mathematics from St Andrews University with a Certificate in Fine Arts from UC Santa Cruz. She is a long-time member of the Santa Clara Valley Watercolor Society  and the Artists Beyond Obvious

Marion’s paintings come from a love of nature, and recent series have included cats, crystals, waves and rocks – in her own very personal colour palette. A series usually starts with a fairly realistic view, before delving deeper to explore particular aspects of the subject that excit her. These days, Marion works mostly in oils, but she also enjoys acrylics and watercolour. Her paintings can be found in private collections in the U.S. and Europe.


Baylands EcoCenter
2560 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto

Abstract art inspired by the Baylands and Open Space preserves
March 31 – June 30, 2017
Public Reception Sunday, April 2, 1-3pm

Gallery Mara is on the ground floor of an old stone house in the lovely little fishing port of Vrboska on the island of Hvar. Once renovations are complete, it will provide an exhibiting space for local artists, and for art with a local theme. We have great plans – art and wine-tasting, anyone?

Each year, the Hvar Artist Retreat brings a group of enthusiastic painters from California to enjoy sketching and painting in some wonderful locations. Not simply that, it’s also a chance for them to make connections with local artists and really feel part of island life! To find out more about our artist retreat, pop over to the special website: www.painthvar.com

The GoHvar Blog is our journal and travelogue of island life – it always makes me think of Oscar Wilde’s quote “I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train.” It’s a wonderful reminder of good times on Hvar! gohvarblog.com

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