Evaluation/critique of paintings and Online Mentoring

Do you need painting advice?

Evaluation of specific paintings?

Clear, constructive feedback?

Help in moving forward with your art?

Information on art related matters?  

Positive guidance and motivation?

All of this and more is available to you no matter where you live.

I have been teaching art for over 30 years and much of this has involved individual mentoring. I have always been willing to share everything I know about painting and the feedback from my students has been overwhelmingly positive. I have also acted as a juror for juried shows and given thousands of painting critiques, both in my workshops and privately.  I feel fortunate to be able to help others and It is always very rewarding to see a person take their art to the next level, armed with new insight, new skills and lots of encouragement.

Now it is time to take this option on line for those who are unable get to my workshops or need feedback in their own time.

I am available for beginners or more experienced painters.  Subject matter can include painting florals, landscapes, abstracting the landscape, loosening up your paintings, non-objective abstracts, or discussion on any other art related matter such as varnishing, writing an artist statement, exhibiting, etc.

Topics will be geared to your individual level, interests, and needs at the time.

Choose a painting critique or online mentoring

Note: you will need an Internet connection and be able to photograph and send digital photos of your paintings attached to an email message. Telephone calls will be conducted via Skype whenever possible but other arrangements can be made for international artists.


More information is given below.


“Marianne is a knowledgeable, creative, hard working and tenacious instructor and mentor. Her demos are “to die for”. She is easy to approach and always gives constructive advice on how to improve our paintings.”
Acrylics, Haliburton School of the Arts

“Marianne is an excellent teacher and motivator. She inspires and critiques kindly.  Encourages each student!”
Abstracting The Landscape, Haliburton School of the Arts

“Wonderful teacher logical and well-structured approach.”
Abstraction, Haliburton School of the Arts  

“Marianne your instruction is always dead on the subject be it watercolor or acrylic. Your wording description of subject and medium easy to understand.  I wish you great success as you move forward in new directions.”
Anne Tingley

Marianne is a generous and inspirational teacher with so much knowledge and talent.
Acrylics, Haliburton School of the Arts


Evaluation/Critique for one or more paintings – $15.00 per painting  

In this private, one-on-one session, we will discuss different aspects of your painting/s, whether in process or completed. I will answer your questions and give feedback on completed paintings, or offer positive suggestions on how to move forward with those that are not yet finished. We can discuss values, composition, use of colour, paint application or any aspect that will help you achieve your goals.

You send me a photograph of your painting/s and the reference photo or shot of the scene, if you have one. We will then schedule a Skype or telephone session to discuss your work. Up to four paintings can normally be discussed per session and we will spend approximately 15 minutes on each painting.


Online mentoring (in depth consultation) – $75.00  

We can discuss any aspects of your painting journey that would help you most; geared to your level of painting, whether beginner or more advanced. The consultation can include critiques of paintings, your painting goals, help with materials or any other painting topics of your choice. This is a private, one on one service and can be modified to suit your needs.

You email me photographs of some of your paintings paintings and fill in the online form to provide me with insight into your goals, painting history etc. I spend some time reviewing the images and information and then we schedule a Skype or telephone session to discuss your work and other aspects of your painting journey The call will extend for approximately one hour.


Once we have connected and have a time scheduled, please fill in the form below:


Follow-up Sessions can be arranged

N.B. Please note that I will guide you based on my insight from many years of teaching art, exhibiting, promoting my business and selling paintings. Another teacher may have a different viewpoint and different advice to offer. It is up to you to decide what is right for your needs and this may be based on the kind of art you prefer and the style in which you want to paint.

How it Works

  • Contact me for a time slot that will work for both of us by filling in the appropriate form
  • Once we have connected I will invoice you for payment by PayPal or credit card
  • For In Depth Consultation you will need to fill in the second form
  • Email me photos of the paintings and reference material
  • At the agreed time I will connect with you by Skype (or telephone) for the critique or consultation

Note: If you don’t have computer access you can send photos and information using the postal service.

Testimonials - Online Critiques

Marianne has given me online critiques where she gave me valuable feedback and areas to look at for improving my work. I found this very helpful and use it when necessary. I would suggest that anyone having an opportunity to take a class with her to do so.
Elizabeth Bard @ Bard Studio

Marianne gave a very good critique of each painting. She was always sure to give positive comments, as well as helpful suggestions.
Sandra Haines

Testimonials - Online Mentoring

As a mentor Marianne’s work ethic and integrity as an artist have helped shape who I am as an artist today.

Marianne’s calm and reassuring presence, thoughtful coaching and adept demonstrations gave me the courage to let loose on canvas in a measured (for me!) way and let the process of learning begin!
Anabelle Murray

Since beginning my painting journey three years ago with Marianne the growth and challenges I’ve experienced have been met with positive and encouraging words from her.  Without Marianne’s invaluable input my work would not have evolved as it has!  Her skill as a teacher and projection of how to express yourself with brush to canvas is a special talent.  Her constructive criticism of my work in progress has step by step built my awareness of all aspects of my canvas as I work it.  What her trained eye sees has enabled my ability to express myself with colour, value, light and technique.  I methodically dissect her critiques and take her input seriously, knowing fully with her support she is open to my questions and ideas that I may have to move my paintings forward successfully.
Jennifer Peers