Marie Larkin is an Australian pop surrealist. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Art Eduction and became a visual artist and art teacher beginning in 1980. She has an MFA from the University of Southern California. In the 1990’s she gained national recognition in Australia for her work in embroidery, which she began to do as a creative outlet while raising her three children. As her children grew, Larkin exchanged her needle for a paintbrush. Her work has an undeniable feminine oeuvre, with meticulous execution and attention to detail. Larkin’s work includes paintings, drawings, and sculpture inspired by nursery rhymes, fairy tales, and pop culture. Larkin’s work has been exhibited extensively throughout Australia, and The United States and has recently landed in France at Chateau Belcastel. This collection, Paradisum Curiosum, was inspired by a trip to the Melbourne Botanical Garden. The drawings showcase Larkin’s technical mastery of the pencil and unite her signature female figurative imagery with organic lifeforms.