She specializes in painting landscapes and interiors. She also creates illustrated journals about her travels and personal interests and teaches 'illustrated journaling' in workshops around the country. She works primarily in water media—watercolor, gouache and acrylic—sometimes adding ink, colored pencils or crayons. Marilynn has won prizes in national juried competitions, received grants from private and public foundations, and been awarded residencies in national parks and artist colonies. Her studies at Tulane, Florida Atlantic and Harvard Universities prepared her for teaching adults to draw and paint, which she has been doing happily since 1978.
I am interested in space, light and the emotions they convey. I am especially interested in contrasts of space and light as expressed in landscapes and interiors—big vistas of land and sky versus intimate views of living spaces—bold light and color of the outdoors versus soft lights from lamps or windows. My current work is a series on grasslands, reflecting my midwestern roots and a growing fascination with the Great Plains, where I plan to be living soon. Whether painting outdoor or indoor scenes, I employ geometric design, balancing rectangles with ellipses and straight lines with curves to create structured, orderly spaces—images of tranquility for a chaotic world.