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Marion Harding
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Born and raised in Canada with European parents, Marion grew up acutely aware of what it means to have Russian/Irish ancestry and to be an immigrant in a strange new land. Her parents settled in the Prairie heartland, with many others from the 'old countries' and she naturally evolved speaking English and Russian. She qualified as a nurse and painted as time permitted prior to relocating to London, England in 1960's where she worked for and married noted surgeon and gynaecologist Dr. Ernst Friedrich Blumberg. Ernst was a Germa descendant of Catherine the Great of Russia, and was related to the Perls family, renowned art dealers and patrons.

Through her husband she met Pablo Picasso and spent a summer at Nimes going to bull fights. During this period she continued to paint and became an artists model for painters including H.A. Freeth, R.A. (Prix de Rome) who achieved fame for his portraits of Somerset Maugham and Yeats. This period culminated in her modellinig for the Royal portraitist, Hungarian painter Arthur Pan and leaning Ernst to return to North America where she raised a family with her second husband John Harding. Her new husband worked both as a lawyer, electronic entnrepreneur and held the post of Business Manager at the Winnipeg Art Gallery.

Marion received a degree in Fine Art from the University of Victoria and followed up with ten years curatorial work in private galleries before finally being able to devote herself to full time painting as a professional artist. Her works are in collections around the world, selling privately through galleries and at auction.

For further information, examples of work and to download the book, 'Marion Harding: People, Places and Events' please visit