ARTIST Marilyn Beck

When I started drawing at an early age, I was encouraged by my mother, who enjoyed my artwork and thought that it was worthy of displaying.  While attending high school, I studied art as an elective where I learned about perspective and color theory.  After graduation, I went to work for the federal government and spent 35 years as a cartographer, which honed my drawing skills.

Upon retirement, I became serious about pursuing art.  I moved to Florida, and while there I enrolled in watercolor classes under the local artist, Therese Ferguson.  From my watercolor classes, I developed an eye for observing wildlife, specifically birds.  After five years of watercolor painting, I became interested in painting with acrylics and began studying under the world-renown Dutch artist, Frits Van Eeden at the Brevard Art School in Melbourne, FL.  He encouraged me to paint loosely and more freely.  After moving to Raleigh, I studied under Larry Dean, a local artist, whose work is exhibited at ArtSource in Raleigh.  Currently, I paint in an open studio at the Durham Arts Council, under the guidance of Kelly Oakes.

I like to paint from my photos and from those of friends and family members.   Recently, I have concentrated on seashore scenes.  For example, I have a series of birds on the shore and a series of seashells.  Early on, I had the privilege of showing my watercolor paintings with the Brevard Watercolor Society of Brevard County, Florida.  My acrylic paintings have been exhibited at the Sertoma Art Center, in Raleigh, NC and at the Durham Arts Council in Durham, NC.  I am looking forward to showing at ArtWorks in Oriental, NC.

I now live in an active adult community in Durham, NC, with my partner, who is also an artist.  We share a studio in our home, where we spend many hours painting and listening to music.  He and I have recently founded the Carolina Arbors 2-D Fine Art League to support resident artists through monthly meetings.  I will be showing my art in the upcoming 1st annual art exhibit and sale, sponsored by the art league.  I also enjoy participating in community activities and playing mahjong with my friends.  On weekends, you find us sailing our boat “Dream Catcher” out of Oriental.

My artwork is available for sale ranging in size 11”x14” to 36”x48”.  I continue to be available for commission work.  All work is ready to hang.