Learning to Paint at Nielsen Watercolors

April 2020

Countryside Village RetirementI just finished reading a bio on Leonardo da Vinci by Walter Isaacson, and it made me appreciate the work and creativity of artists everywhere. Here in the Rogue Valley, Marianne Nielsen of Nielsen Watercolors wants to bring the joy of watercolor to everyone willing to give it a try.

“I opened this business in 2010, and it consists of hands-on watercolor painting for students of all levels,” Marianne said. “We take it step by step as I demonstrate each segment of the painting, and then the student paints what was demonstrated, the idea being that they will end up with a finished painting. Even the most difficult painting can be accomplished using this step by step method. In addition to teaching students how to paint, I also teach them how to correct any mistakes they may make. Making mistakes is one of the best ways to learn. We learn about color and mixing color, light sources, textures and techniques and much more, and at the same time have a wonderful time doing so.”

Marianne moved to the Rogue Valley in 1992 from Sacramento. She continued to pursue her career in real estate until retiring in 2009.

“At the same time I discovered the magic of watercolor and began taking watercolor
lessons in 2002 from Marshal McDaniels for almost six years,” she said. “After his passing, I took up the torch and began teaching with just a handful of students once a week. That endeavor continued to grow, and I now have over 50 students and four classes per week. My motivation in teaching is to pass on what I have learned. The biggest thrill is seeing my students improve and blossom over time. Their love of the media and excitement of actually creating a painting worthy to give as a gift or hang in their own homes speaks volumes.”

Marianne currently shows her work at Gallery One and has been the featured artist three times. She also participates in the annual membership show at the Grants Pass Museum of Art each November.
“I have shown and sold my work at Seven Feathers Resort and Casino in Canyonville and Art du Jour Gallery in Medford,” she said. “I am an active member of the Grants Pass Museum of Art and the Watercolor Society of Oregon.”

What can customers expect at Nielsen Watercolors? “The hardest part about taking watercolor lessons is picking up the phone and/or walking through the door for the first time,” Marianne said. “I have a wonderful group of students who go out of their way to make a new student feel welcome. They are supportive, encouraging and helpful. My studio is bright and airy and centrally located with easy parking.”

For more info, call 541-646-6897 or go to Marianne’s website at nielsenwatercolors.com. The studio is located at 540 NE E Street.