Marilyn Riopel was born into an artistic family in New York, later moving to British Columbia where she taught art and music. Marilyn’s current practice utilizes pastel and showcases a versatile style that focuses on lighting and texture.
I’m always impressed to see such complex and visually interesting works created with such a tricky medium. Though Marilyn’s style is changeable, the artist always seems to have a good grasp of where she’s going with a work, and each mark and moment of color appears deliberate. Marilyn’s Music & Fantasy gallery is full of examples of abstract works that express the sounds and feelings associated with music in a synesthetic way.
I also really enjoy Marilyn’s Tree Series. In this series, the artist has created a number of works capturing trees, each made with a wildly different aesthetic sensibility to truly capture the beauty and uniqueness of every tree species and locale.