Born in Corner Brook, on the west coast of Newfoundland, Marilyn Whalen developed a deep appreciation for the beauty of the mountains, rivers, oceans and forests of the Maritimes. She began her artistic journey first as a landscape photographer, then painted in watercolor, and now paints in a variety of styles from impressionistic to abstract in watercolor, oil, acrylic, and ink. She has taught watercolor and acrylic painting in her studios in Truro and Halifax and through Community Education at Chignecto Central School Board. Marilyn's work has been published in "Contemporary Landscape Artists of Nova Scotia".
Workshops and Activities
I want to share the love of art. Through art, we become acutely aware of our connection with the earth, the importance of protecting wild places and valuing our place in the world. It is one of the most significant gifts we can give our children. In my work, I am drawn to the beauty of the mountains, rivers, oceans and forests of the region. The ever-changing play of light and seasons are reminders of passage of time and moments captured and of the importance of our place in family and community. Our history and contribution to the arts is what makes us who we are are a people. By looking for unusual ways to portray the everyday things around us, we are able to show abstracted forms which convey many ways in which we can view the world. Experimenting allows us to appreciate the importance of play and most importantly, helps us to learn that the process of making art is as important as the final product. Working with the classroom teacher or principal helps formulate ideas for workshops and explore curriculum in an additional way through art. For instance, during a workshop I led exploring the work of Maud Lewis, the students at a local elementary school were able to learn about Maud's life, her artistic style, how to paint in her unique way and to ultimately, exhibit the work I did with then in an art show with professional Folk artists at the NSCC McCarthy Gallery.
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Primary – 3, 4 – 6
Areas of Expertise
Cultural/Heritage Arts, Collage, Painting, Pottery, Mixed Media