Harmony and Balance with Marina Dunbar

Art for Wellness

At KBAA we believe in the power of art to support wellness in healthcare settings. It is in these environments that art is often the most influential component of a space for visitors. Designers familiar with the concept of biophilia will agree that a physical space is not merely a backdrop for healthcare delivery — it is an integral part of the wellness experience.


Artist Marina Dunbar


An artist I frequently turn to when looking for art that brings tranquility and balance to a space is South Carolina-based artist Marina Dunbar.


Inside the artist’s studio


Marina Dunbar’s paintings reference natural elements like water, air and smoke, while avoiding any form of literal representation. In this way, her work evokes curiosity and provides an opportunity for visual meditation.


38 x 76 inches, mixed media on paper


Dunbar’s art is especially influenced by the calming rhythms and colors of nature. She describes her work as a “flowing colors, each element interacting with the other as the paint rolls over the canvas.”


80 x 100 inches, mixed media on canvas


To create her work, Dunbar alternates between deliberate strokes and creating pools of color that dry slowly into a flow that is static, yet evolving. She finds meaning in the process of adding, erasing, and filling in voids with new passages of color. Through an accumulation of varied markings, emotions and thoughts are conveyed through improvised movement and controlled intention.


Shelter II
36 x 54 inches, mixed media on paper


“My paintings are abstract but the sequential application of color grants my work a narrative component,” Dunbar says of her work, “You can see the beginning and the end simultaneously. The initial shapes recede into space as they are enveloped by veils of subsequent colors. Each emerging form is a response to the last; a visual conversation.”


Marina Dunbar’s work (center) included in our art specification for

Mount Sinai Hudson Yards



Feeling Inspired?


Planning a gallery visit?

Come see some featured art for yourself at one of our three galleries.

Los Angeles Showroom
2525 Michigan Ave., Suite A8
Santa Monica, CA 90404
(310) 893-0361
Las Vegas Showroom
5905 S. Decatur Blvd. Suite 10
Las Vegas, NV 89118
(702) 948-1929
San Francisco Showroom
101 Henry Adams Street, Suite 321
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 817-1020