About me


My goal with my work is to create something that reflects others and their feelings. I want people to feel something resonating from my original abstract painting that connects to their soul, to give them an experience that heals something inside of them. I want my art to help open and enrich others’ hearts. 

I find inspiration in nature. I can’t live a single day without a walk in the forest or a sight of the waterside. I love animals as well, I find them the cutest creatures and receive a lot of joy and from spending time with them.

You can feel all this passion in my artworks, which invite you to walk along the sunny path or fulfill the desire for magic.

I create each artwork with love and desire to immerse you in my unique world of magic

Mari Gru

Mari Gru photo
Mari Gru photo

The Process

Creating a picture is a long process. First, an idea borns and continues to haunt the inquisitive brain of the artist all the time. Then comes a long search for a solution to its transformation into the sketch. At last, the most laborious process of painting a magical landscape on canvas, which includes the selection of colours, creation of volumes and depth, rendering of details. Placing each brushstroke brings joy to me, and I completely give myself to it. Each stage adds a drop of magic to the new world for you.

I use the best materials for work: highly pigmented oil paints, a medium that does not yellow over time and cotton canvases with a stretcher. After completion, I paint the edge, so that makes it possible to hang a picture without a frame, and I cover it with varnish to preserve the colours for many years. We produce image material for prints by scanning the pictures, not capturing it on the photo camera, which provides the maximum definition, and actual colours of the painting to the final printed product.

In my store, you can buy a lovely picture or a print that will decorate the interior and fill your life with joy and magic!

Artist Biography

I’m a full-time artist as well as a Mum to Sophia aged 2. Living and working in Nottingham, UK. I chose oil as my primary medium and work with a brush and palette knife using several different techniques.

Born and raised in Kyiv, Ukraine. My passion for painting was discovered when I was 4 years old. I liked to spend all my time in the art school with my elder sister. While she was learning there I played and paint whatever I wanted. At the age of seven, I started to learn in art school on my own.

I have finished the School of Arts in 2008 and got a bachelor’s degree in Interior Design in 2013 in the Salvador Dali Art University in Kyiv. Since then, I started to work as a professional artist.

In 2018 my husband, Paul, and I decided to move to the UK. Nottingham has already felt like home. I’ve been loving diving into my paintings all day and night, dedicating my full focus to bettering my craft. And as a mom, I found a lot of new things and feelings that inspired me for new artworks.

The centre of my work changes along with my fascinations and life. I’m constantly learning and doing my best to grow. I learn by experimentation, and that’s what makes it so exciting for me, just letting the paint take you somewhere interesting. My inspiration can spark anywhere and from anything. I always feel connected to my work.

Education

  • 2008-2013 — Batchelor’s degree in architecture of interior and exterior environment at Salvador Dali Art Institute for decorative modelling and design
  • 2000-2008 — 3rd Kiev art school 

Exhibitions

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