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 doing the stressful 9 to 5 grind became too difficult. 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 inspired 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 goodbye 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 about art and 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 humor to get you through the day, come join me on my journey. I hope to make the trip fun and interesting.
My work has been displayed and sold at the OXO gallery in London, England, to help raise funds for Parkinson’s research.
My painting entitled “Blue Boats” appeared on Practical Neurology magazine’s cover.
Some of my artwork and story were included in an art show symposium at a conference for the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine.