Marilyn began to paint seriously in 2002 when she retired from teaching. Her love of creating things with her hands began when she was a child. She spent many hours with her grandmother, who crocheted, quilted, and painted watercolors. The inspiration for the subject matter of Marilyn's paintings comes from the beauty of the everyday things around her on the farm, her flower garden, and experiences from her travels. She tries to capture that fleeting moment in time, especially when the light and shadows create interesting visual effects. As Robert Henri said it so well, "There are moments in our lives, there are moments in a day, when we seem to see beyond the usual. Such are the moments of our greatest happiness". To be able to record a small part of that moment, that impression, and to share that moment with others is a life long journey and a source of great happiness. In today's busy world, it is a rare thing to stop and take time to really look at something and to help others in some way to stop and take a closer look is a worthy goal.