Marilynn Brandenburger has been drawing and painting since childhood and exhibiting professionally since 1980. After teaching art workshops around the country for 40 years, Marilynn retired to devote full time to her painting. An enthusiastic traveler, she enjoys translating her sojourns into paintings and illustrated watercolor journals.
Marilynn’s artwork has been shown in more than 75 national juried exhibitions, and her drawings and paintings have appeared in regional and national magazines, exhibition catalogs, national park brochures and five books, including The Best of Colored Pencil 5 and The Island Within Us. She has received grants from private and public foundations and won appointments as Artist-in-Residence at the Gratiot Lake Conservancy, the Smithgall Woods Conservation Area, the Ragdale Foundation, the Brush Creek Foundation and Glacier, Everglades and Isle Royale National Parks.
Marilynn works primarily in transparent and opaque watercolor on paper, in the studio and en plein air. Her subjects are quiet places, primarily landscapes, that provide respite from the frantic, modern world. The landscapes are natural areas that have been preserved and protected because of their unique beauty or ecological value, and her paintings celebrate these special places.
Marilynn is a member of the Plein Air Artists of Colorado, Women Artists of the West and American Women Artists. She makes her home in Colorado with her husband, photographer and travel-buddy par excellence, Allen Brandenburger.
While in residence, Brandenburger created a series of paintings and illustrated journal entries, both en plein air and in the studio, of the Everglades landscape; and a hand-bound accordion book, Everglades Haiku: a Meditation at Mahogany Hammock.
I learned an enormous amount about water and the environment during my residency. I read Marjorie Stoneman Douglas’s classic “River of Grass” before arriving, then spoke at length to park rangers about the park’s unique beauty and ecology. This was an invaluable experience, especially in the way it informed me about all the threats to the park, its animals and its ecosystem. I live far away from the park these days, but I follow efforts to restore the water system and I pray for the park’s continued existence as the rare jewel it is.
– Marilynn Brandenburger