Hi, I’m Marilyn!
I am an artist and blogger hoping to inspire and motivate with art and words. In 2013, after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease I began painting and creating art. My background is in business and finance but it became too difficult for me to do the stressful 9 to 5 grind. Art became therapy for me.
I grew up in Newfoundland, Canada, a small island jutting out into the North Atlantic. I was surrounded by beautifully dramatic landscapes and a laid back simpler way of life that has been the inspiration for numerous artists over the years. Eventually I moved to Vancouver where I married and had the oldest three of my children. After six years on the other side of the country, we decided we wanted to be a little closer to home. We said good bye to the awe inspiring mountains and moved to Labrador. Even though Labrador has nine months of winter and frigid temperatures, it has become home. Our youngest three children were born here and we have made some amazing friends. I also discovered my love of art in this beautiful, frosty land.
What started as a form of therapy for me has become a passion and new direction for my life. Learning to paint and draw with a progressive disability hasn’t been easy. However, it has been fun, humbling, motivating and educational. I am learning so much, not just about art but also about life and how to dodge those lemons it throws your way.
If you are an aspiring artist looking for resources and tips or just someone needing a little motivation or humour to get you through the day, come join me on my journey. I hope to make the trip fun and interesting.