A native Oklahoman, Marilyn King holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree with an emphasis in painting and advertising design from Phillips University. She worked in advertising as a designer/illustrator for the University of Oklahoma and spent several years as an Art Director for Phillips Petroleum Company before starting business as a free lance designer. Through corporate participation, she has done promotional work for multiple local, regional and national arts groups. Recently, she has returned to a life long passion for painting and has participated in group and individual shows. She has won state and national awards for design, and her paintings are part of several private collections, including a permanent collection at the Oklahoma State Capitol.
Interplay between color, form and light play a major role in most of her paintings. Subjects come from the expanse of Oklahoma’s territory, Colorado’s rich terrain, and New Mexico’s intense light and graphic lines of architecture. A lifetime of spending large blocks of time in South Central Colorado and Northern New Mexico has influenced a bold use of color, light and choice of subjects.
Over years of painting, watercolor has become her passion and medium choice with occasional work in acrylic, inks and pastels. In her work, Marilyn tries to capture the emotion of the way she sees and experiences a place or person at a certain time. It may be the warmth of a courtyard, movement on a mountain or the fleeting light across a subject. Her challenge is to observe, record and evoke a feeling or response in the viewer beyond how something physically exists.
Married to attorney, David King, they have been residents of Bartlesville, Oklahoma for 35 years and have three sons.