Marilyn Parker lives in Vermont where the surrounding countryside is her greatest inspiration. Her desire to create art brought her to Green Mountain College. After putting her art on the back burner to raise her two daughters, Marilyn continued to develop her artistic talent by taking classes at New Jersey Center for Visual Art, and New School University in New York. She studied classical realism with Linda Stanton Moore. She has also taken plein air workshops with Armand Cabrera and Ron Johnson for a wider range of oil painting application. A workshop with Karen O'Neil focused on the study of the atmospheric light's effect of light on color at different times of day. Charles Gruppe's workshop demonstrated a controlled impressionistic style, combining clean color with a sense of detail.
A member of the Chaffee Art Center, Vermont Arts Council, she also belongs to the Poultney Area Artist's Guild.
Over the years Marilyn's work has been exhibited at the Chaffee Art Center, the Feick Art Center at Green Mountain College, the Timco Gallery in Ruland, Southern Vermont Art Center, and the Poultney Area Artist's Guild.
"Verdant Heritage" was done as part of the Nation's Christmas Tree Project 2007 sponsored by the National Forest Service. In 2007 Vermont was selected to donate the Nation's Christmas Tree to be displayed in front of the Nation's Capitol. Artist members of Chaffee Art Center were invited to paint this tree. All paintings were exhibited in Rutland alongside a traveling exhibit from the Smithsonian entitled "Inspirations from the Forest".
Marilyn's art is currently exhibited at the Timco Gallery in Rutland, Vermont, and various other venues in the area.
Marilyn's husband Frank is her most enthusiastic supporter. Her award winning paintings hang in collections found coast to coast.