Artist Marilyn Wear

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Signature member of National Watercolor Society, Watercolor West, Transparent Watercolor Society of America, California Watercolor Association, American Society of Marine Artists
Artist member of The California Art Club
Associate Member of Society of Animal Artists
Member of Laguna Plein Air Painters Association
From the time Marilyn could hold a crayon, she loved drawing and coloring. Her favorite subjects were horses and characters from her favorite cartoon shows and comic strips. She received her first professional oil paint set when she was ten years old and taught herself how to use it by reading several "How to Paint with Oils" books. She knew then that she wanted to become a professional artist when she grew up. She was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, where art was always her favorite subject.  She graduated from San Jose State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design, and worked as an advertising artist/illustrator until 2003, when she  left her last job in commercial art to pursue her dream of becoming a full-time fine artist. She went back to her oils, but then soon discovered the wonderful works being done with transparent watercolors, and took a few workshops from some of her favorite watercolor artists. She started entering national shows with her watercolors and her work won immediate recognition, winning awards in juried shows around the country.  In 2005 she was selected as a signature member of the highly respected National Watercolor Society. She has since been selected for signature membership in Watercolor West, California Watercolor Association, Transparent Watercolor Society of America, and the American Society of Marine Artists.
Although she still also paints with oil and acrylics, her favorite medium for studio work is transparent watercolor, where she uses a technique of layering many glazes of watercolor to create richness and depth, while retaining a glowing [...]

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