Marilyn was born in South Africa and moved to London in the 1970s.  She began developing her career as an artist fifteen years ago while working as a full time psychotherapist.  Marilyn’s passion and aptitude for portraiture and landscapes grew rapidly. Her roots in Africa and her subsequent experience living in the UK profoundly influence her semi-abstract landscape work. Equally, her considerable experience of working with people over many years inevitably informs and influences her portraiture. She works almost entirely in oils and, after a period of serious illness in recent years, her career as an artist has become her predominant professional focus.

The search for ‘true nature’ as it manifests in each of us as well as in the natural, observed world provides on-going meaning and direction to her life and her art.

Marilyn

Some of her work has been selected for group shows, most importantly as part of the Discerning Eye Exhibition at the Mall Galleries, and she held her first solo exhibition at Corman Arts Gallery, London, in May  2011 with some considerable success. Since then she has had three more solo shows, the most recent being at The Bleddfa Centre, Wales.

Marilyn’s portraiture tends to be more representational than her landscapes. Ideally she paints from life but will use her own photographs of her subject when necessary.  Preliminary sketching, photo sessions and sittings are all part of an essential process of being with the sitter allowing for an in-depth and authentic portrait to evolve.

In her landscapes she attempts to convey the essential qualities evoked by places she has experienced. She is currently drawn to environments which embody peace and spaciousness.

If you would like to commission a portrait or to see Marilyn’s work please contact her at marilynkernoff@me.com