Marilyn has always had a passion for photography (with dreams of traveling) since her grade school years. Fast forward to ten plus years ago, when she immersed herself in photography and attended classes at her local community college, learning the technical and darkroom aspects of photography.
quickly found her niche in Landscape Photography and was selected as
an Artist-in-Residence at Agate Fossil Beds National Monument (where
she realized her dream of becoming an Artist-in-Residence); Bighorn
Canyon National Recreation Area (where she had a bear visit her lodge
at 3 a.m.); Artist-Wilderness-Connection (where she took a
four-hour/one-way trail horse ride to the top of Bruce Mountain); and
a Visiting Guest Artist at Great Sand Dunes National Park and
Preserve presenting a program and field workshop surrounded by the
photographers and painters inspired Congress to pass legislation
protecting and preserving America's lands for the enjoyment of all.
Their work helped to establish many of our National Parks. Through
the eyes of these visionary artists, profound impact was made in the
way visitors view, use and enjoy these natural resources. Marilyn
continues the work of those Artists by interpreting these iconic
landscapes within our National Parks with contemporary techniques
using the land’s scenic and natural elements for inspiration. She
translates the National Parks purpose, as a place of pleasure and
preservation, in her images to bring visitors new insights, enjoyment
an Artist-in-Residence, her ongoing campaign of combining Art, and
the enjoyment of the great outdoors, creates a sense of mission and
purpose for her “Find your Park through Art” platform, which
encourages artists and citizens of all ages to find their parks
through Art! Being
outdoors and embracing nature enhances the meaning of life because we
become a part of something bigger than ourselves.
Gallery Exhibit showcases her National
Parks Art + Beyond: Journey of an Artist In Residence
to foster a real love and respect for our National Parks.
Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve (September 2017), Visiting
Artist presenting Field Workshop;
Connection, Kalispell, Montana (September 2016), Artist Talk and
Field Workshop (May 2017);
Bighorn Canyon National
Recreational Area, Lovell, Wyoming (October 2015), participated in
'Find Your Park through Art' leading a sunrise and afternoon hike for
the general public to photograph in Bighorn Canyon.
Fossil Bed National Monument, Harrison, Nebraska (August 2014),
presented slide program 'Photographing the Landscape' and photography
walk in the Monument.
Certification, Oakland Community College (3 classes needed for
Studied with Monte Nagler, a nationally
accomplished photographer, writer, and lecturer
University, Paralegal Certificate (5/15)
Community College, Associates Degree 1983
University, B.A. Business Administration (Junior Standing)
Our National Parks
Exhibit, Crooked Tree Art Center (Summer 2017);
'17 Exhibit, Lawrence Street Gallery (April 2017);
Fossil Beds National Monument, AIR Gallery, Lightning;
Canyon AIR Gallery,
Devils Canyon Overlook; and
of Wyoming Museum, Ewing-Snell Historical Ranch;
City Camera Club, photography competitions: advanced winner of
various digital awards in Nature, Color General, Creative Color and
Greater Detroit Camera Club Council,
photography competitions: winner of various digital awards in Nature,
Color General, Creative Color and Monochrome;
to Scholarship, Michigan Paralegal, Issue 1, 2014 Edition (with State
Capitol building image). I am a recipient of the State Bar of
Michigan?s Paralegal Scholarship for 2013-2014.
Mention Recipient, Artists at Work, Chrysler Corporation 2007-2008
Juried Work Exhibition for Chrysler Employees (four images chosen
from 1,869 entries) (juried art show sponsored by the UAW-Chrysler
National Training Center). Images exhibited through Chrysler
Corporation's traveling exhibit for a year.
and Coordinator for Michigan & Wisconsin of National Photography
Enthusiasts Group (NPEG) for the past 4 years, their motto is Teach,
Learn, Share and Socialize. Coordinated and lead spring and fall
photography trips in Michigan (2014 & 2015).
Member of FotoJunkies Photography Group with a goal to bring
photographers together to share their passion for photography and
travel. I have coordinated lead this group on photography trips to
Hocking Hills and Mansfield Historical Prison, both in Ohio.
and former officer of Motor City Camera Club (affiliated with Greater
Detroit Camera Council) I have enjoyed opportunities to learn new
tools and corroborate with fellow photographers in the World of
Photography. I have lead camera club members on photography trips to
Michigan's Western, Eastern and Northern Lighthouses, Pictured Rocks
and Porcupine Mountains.