Still in her studio is the "paint by number" Marilyn painted when just 4 years old. Decades were to go by before she would pick up another paint brush. Her working career was that of an executive secretary until a thoughtful birthday gift from her husband, of private painting instruction, would change her life and profession forever. In the many years since, pursuing this passion with the zest, enthusiasm and drive for which she is known, Marilyn has established a full-time career as a fine artist.
Marilyn can be found painting in her studio or en plein air (outside) using a palette of only red, yellow, blue and white. Alla Prima (painting in one session) is her style preference.
Marilyn's zest for life and exuberance are evident in her Alla Prima works in oil. Her command of light and color harmony takes place using a very limited palette. She has studied with Scott Christiansen, Ken Backhaus and the late Ken Auster, to name a few. Marilyn's passion is translated into her sought after works which she exhibits in local and regional shows, juried competitions and in fine art galleries.
In 2009 Marilyn had the distinguished honor of having one of her paintings placed into the "Permanent Collection" of the Tennessee State Museum and on display in the Tennessee Governor's Residence.
Marilyn has served on the Board of Directors for the Chestnut Group ~ Plein Air painters for the land ~ Tennessee; an organization of artists who promote the preservation of land through art. www.chestnutgroup.org
The Governor's Gate
In the Governor's Residence Permanent Collection
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Growing up in New Jersey and spending vacations on the Massachusetts coast, in the summer home built by her great grandfather, Marilyn's love for New England was born. As of the Spring of 2016 Marilyn, her devoted husband and their two dogs will make New Hampshire their permanent home.
Marilyn Farnsworth Wendling
Of Note ~
2015 St. George's Independent School
2013 Wesleyan Artist Market
2012 Belmont Community Celebration of Art
2011 Fall into Art