Marilyn (Marni) Mahle

The Art



  • Watercolour

  • Oil
  • Graphite

Approach / Inspiration

Botanical Art is the marriage of science and art. It requires you to observe not only the intricate, mathematical detail but also the harmony and visual beauty within each plant. The challenge then is to create a visually interesting but scientifically accurate painting that forces the viewer to see the natural world through new eyes. 

It has always been important to me to have a garden and a view of the ocean. They both inspire me and I’ve been very fortunate to have both.


My formal training has been in graphic design, fine arts and art education but my fascination with Newfoundland’s unique culture led me to a career that has spanned thirty years as an interpretive planner and exhibit designer in the heritage sector. I operated my own business for many years before working at the Provincial Museum and The Rooms as head of technical services and exhibit designer. 

I have always dabbled with various art mediums but it has only been since I retired in 2014 that I’ve worked in watercolour.

Exhibitions / Awards 

My work has mainly been presented through museum exhibits and interpretive signage. Current samples:

  • Voices of Placentia Bay: Singers & Songwriters, Songs & Stories
  • Carbonear Island: Traces of the Past
  • Various permanent and travelling exhibits at The Rooms, St. John
  • Rooted in Art: Native Plants of Newfoundland & Labrador, St. John's NL
  • Presenting Nature at the Grounds Cafe, St. John's NL, (2019)
  • BASNL Rooted in Art:  Buds, Blooms and Berries (2020) - Group
  • Murray's Garden Center (2021) - Group


  • Botanical Art Society of Newfoundland & Labrador
  • Museum Association of Newfoundland & Labrador