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My name is Marni and I am the artist behind the shells! I have been painting for 25 years. Art has always been part of my life; then comes career, marriage, 2 kids, and “life.” Painting took a backseat. Now I work full time as a social worker, part time as a therapist in private practice and running my small and growing business of Artbymarnib est Oct 2020

How it all started; Life took an unexpected turn in March 2020 when my brother was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer completely unexpectedly. He quickly declined and passed away May 16, 2020. Marc was an avid surfer on LI, a mastering artist and musician, he lived every day to the absolute fullest and with this loss came a major reassessment of my life.

In my grief, I also felt inspired to live my life with life with NO REGRETS. After a summer full of beach visits and tributes for Marc, I found my house filled with shells from his LI surfing spots. Something (probably Marc) led me to start back with my art. I had the idea to use a shell as my canvas and I made a gift for my friends birthday in September 2020; a jewelry dish for a necklace I bought her. This one thought turned into a few friends seeing and wanting their own shell. Now, with Artbymarnib officially formed, it has NOT stopped!

Artbymarnib has created hundred of shells for local stores, custom orders, shipping all over the country and LI 🙂 after a day of work and putting the kids to bed, I am in my studio where my heart and spirit shine. I travel miles on the shores of Long Island, hand picking each shell which range in sizes from 3”-6” all hand painted with the option of a custom order photo overlay of the customers favorite photo, popular choices are memorials of loved ones, pets, engagement/ wedding, family, other favorite scenes and tributes.

I have learned that with struggle comes triumph “for tomorrow may rain, so I’ll follow the sun.”

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