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Artist Statement

When our youngest was small, she walked around, tilting her head, and then purposefully shutting her eyes and then reopening them. She did this repeatedly. When asked what she was doing, she replied that she was “taking pictures with her eyes”. That is essentially what I do, although sometimes I use a camera. I search the everyday world around me looking for or creating images that resonate with me. Those ‘snapshots’ are what I paint. For many years I focused on still life, but I have opened the lens wider and include whatever speaks to me. I love color, light, and transparency. I work mainly in oils, but sometimes use watercolors and pastels.


Marilyn Orner Cromwell has been an art educator all her adult life. She was Head of the Arts Department and a studio art teacher at a small, private school for decades. She has a BFA in Painting from California College of the Arts, and an MEd. in Creative Arts in Teaching from Lesley University. Ms. Orner’s work has been exhibited in solo and group shows throughout the country.


Member of The National Association of Women Artists

Represented by 510 Warren Street Gallery, Hudson, NY

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