Marilyn has lived most of her life in Indiana but has traveled extensively. She attended Indiana University and studied art under the instruction of Professor Tom Thomas. She continued her studies with internationally known artists, Maggie Price, Kim Lordier, Richard McKinley, Kenn Backhaus, Scott Christensen, Barbara Jaenicke, David Slonim and others.
She has been painting professionally since 1999 and her paintings have been accepted in local, regional, and national juried shows and have won many awards in both oil and pastel.
Her style is impressionistic with an emphasis on color and light. Marilyn's paintings are included in collections in Indiana, Florida, Texas, Pennsylvania, New Mexico, and India.
Three of her paintings have been used on the covers of two novels and one children's book: "Sweet Land of Liberty" and "That Sweet Place" by Donna Cronk and "Pictures From Gabriel" by Susan Hoskins Miller.