Born in Limerick, Ireland, the daughter of a meteorologist, Marian spent her early childhood on Wake Island and Alaska, where she acquired her father’s love of science, her mother’s artistic bent, and her parents’ mutual love of the outdoors. “I assumed that art was a natural part of life, a way that everyone expressed themselves,” she says.

During her teens, Marian focused on abstracts until she took a course at Humboldt University in representational drawing, which she remembers “truly opened my eyes.” Today, Marian’s art combines fine details with soft hued touches which give her paintings a warmth that makes them seem to come alive.

After graduating from Humboldt with a degree in wildlife management, Marian moved to the Big Island of Hawai’i in 1976, where she has received many awards and commissions for her art, particularly her paintings of Hawai’i's native birds.

She created a series of paintings of Kauai’s most endangered birds and plants for the rooms at the Aston Kauai Resort from which an edition of 2,000 prints was published. The proceeds from that edition were donated to the Hawai’i Nature Conservancy. Several of her original paintings have been presented to Hawai’i Senators Inouye and Akaka for their contributions in preserving Hawai'is native wildlife.

Marian was also commissioned to paint a mural for the Hyatt Regency in Waikoloa, and has done many exclusive private commissions for lovers of fine art both in Hawai’i and on the mainland. Her art has even been profiled in Bishop Museum Natural History calendars.

She has won numerous awards over the years, the most recent being Best of Show in two-dimensional art at the Volcano Art Center’s (VAC) 2009 Hawai’i Nei juried exhibition. One of the top art venues in the state, the non-profit VAC exhibits works from more than 300 artists, and is located in both Volcano Village and the Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park on the Big Island.




  • 2011 – Living Endemic Birds of Hawai`i Book. Learn more
  • 2011 – Artist-In-Residence for Denali National Park, Alaska.
  • BORN

  • 1953 – Limerick, Ireland

  • 1975 – B.S. Wildlife Management, Humboldt State University
  • 2005 – A.D.N., Hawai`i Community College

  • 1984 – Watercolor selected for “Mauna Kea Condominiums” sales model
  • 2001 – Hawai`i Wildlife Conservation Stamp
  • 2009 – Jurors’ Choice, Hawai`i Nei juried art competition
  • 2009 – Best Native Bird, Hawai`i Nei juried art competition
  • 2010 – Honorable Mention – Hawai`i Nei juried art competition
  • 2010 – Honorable Mention – 34th Annual Fall Arts Festival, EHCC



  • 1977 – Volcano Art Center, Hawai`i
  • 1979 – Volcano Art Center, Hawai`i
  • 1982 – Volcano Art Center, Hawai`i
  • 1983 – Stones Gallery, Kauai
  • 1984 – Stones Gallery, Kauai
  • 1985 – Stones Gallery, Kauai
  • 1986 – Volcano Art Center, Hawai`i
  • 2001 – “Marian Berger- Recent Works” VAC
  • 2001 – “Recent Works” VAC
  • 2011 – Living Endemic Birds of Hawai`i book VAC
  • 2011 – Kiawe Kitchen, Hawai`i

  • 1987 – 1988 – Bishop Museums Engagement Calendar
  • 1987 – Aston-Kauai Resort/Hawai`i Nature Conservancy project
  • 1889 – Hawai`i Nature Conservancy greeting and thank you cards, plus commissioned paintings to thank Sens. Akaka and Inouye
  • 1989 – Waimea Design Show invitational
  • 1989 – Birds in Art show – VAC invitational
  • 1992 – “For Art’s Sake” invitational, Kauai Museum
  • 2010 – Malama Aina – Artists in Conservation invitational
  • 2010 – Third Biennial Juried Competition – “Abstract Only”, Wailoa Center
  • 2010 – Honorable Mention and Hawai`i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts Purchase 34th Annual Fall Arts Festival, East Hawai`i Cultural Council