About Marilyn McDonald
Disciplines: Mixed-Media, Painting
Marilyn received her B.A. with a major in Art from the College of New Rochelle in New York, and her M.Ed. from Northern Arizona University. She studied under Ernest T. Thompson, AWS, and most recently with Julie Gilbert Pollard and Johannes Vloothuis. She is a member of West Valley Art Council and Arizona Art Alliance. Many of her paintings have been accepted in juried exhibitions throughout the Valley and are privately owned in Arizona, and throughout the United States. She recently exhibited in the West Valley Art Museum’s “Celebration of Artists 2017” in Peoria. She paints in oils, watercolors, and also pastels. Marilyn taught art for many years and also used drawing and painting as a core component for her clients as an elementary school counselor. While working and raising a family she continued to paint and now enjoys painting full time . I love color and I like how colors play with each other on real objects. I enjoy watching colors mix before my eyes while painting wet on wet with water media. This method always reminds me of watching the beautiful Tucson summer sunsets that change so dramatically as the desert sun goes down. At sunset, the play of light across the desert floor splashes a myriad of colors on the rock formations and vegetation. I like to use this interplay of light and color to suggest the dynamic action of life going on beneath that layer of stillness one associates with the desert landscape. I fell in love with the American Southwest after moving to Arizona in 1967. I wanted to share the beauty of everything Arizona has to offer through my paintings. When I paint I feel the spirituality of nature: the majesty of its skies and clouds to the wonder of its diverse culture; from the diversity of its architecture and artifacts, to its beauty through its plant and animal life. I just want to share the wonder of the southwest with others through my paintings. I try to accomplish this by making my paintings available as prints and cards as well.
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