Marianne Vander Dussen, M.Ed, OCT

Marianne Vander Dussen

Marianne Vander Dussen is a licensed educator with the Ontario College of Teachers, and has recently completed her Master of Education through the Schulich School of Education at Nipissing University. In addition to her work as an artist, she is also employed as an occasional teacher with the Near North District School Board.

Marianne is inspired by the landscapes and wildlife of North Bay and the surrounding area. She is fascinated by light, and strives for her paintings to feel luminescent, as if they’re being lit from within. Her efforts to capture the lighting and colours of a single moment also include creating a sense of belonging, as if the viewer could step through into the painting and smell the air, feel the textures, and see themselves as being within that place and time.

Another area of interest that guides her work and lifestyle is her commitment to sustainable living; she is committed to reducing her carbon footprint through reducing and reusing materials wherever possible. She is also proud to be a finisher of the Muskoka Ironman 70.3, and is currently engaging in kung fu training at 3 Fires Martial Arts Academy. Along with her husband, Marianne loves venturing into nearby Algonquin Park on canoeing and camping trips. For any inquiries, please visit her contact page.

Additional Information


  • Master of Education (2016) – Schulich School of Education, Nipissing University
  • Bachelor of Education, Junior/Intermediate Division (2014) – Schulich School of Education, Nipissing University
  • Bachelor of Arts Honours (2009) – Queen’s University


  • Dave Marshall Leadership Award (2016) – Nipissing University
  • Three Minute Thesis, People’s Choice Award (2016) – Nipissing University
  • Ontario Graduate Scholarship (2015) – Nipissing University
  • Nipissing University Faculty Association Learning Opportunity Award (2015) – Nipissing University
  • Don Galbraith Award (2014) – Science Teachers’ Association of Ontario
  • Nipissing University Graduate Scholarship (2014) – Nipissing University
  • Alan and Lois Schmidt Award (2014) – Nipissing University
  • Lorne Greene Award (2009) – Queen’s University
  • Arts Administration Award (2009) – Queen’s University

Musical Training

Grade 8 Piano, Grade 2 Theory – Royal Conservatory of Music.