Art has been a part of Marilyn's life for as long as she can remember. She studied art in college, has experimented with many forms of art making, and describes herself as "Loving the creative process from the first spark of an idea to the completed artwork." Painting is Marilyn's favorite form of expression, and she is driven by the challenge of transforming a flat surface into an illusion that appears three dimensional. Marilyn is inspired by the beauty of the mountains and scenery of Black Mountain and Western North Carolina. She is intrigued with the idea "That we are a part of and not separate from all things." and explores this theme in her paintings.