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Marilyn Ferch was born in Chicago and grew up along the Lakefront, with its beautiful parks and colorful neighborhoods. That beginning still influences her as she returns to those locations to paint and sketch. It is also the inspiration for her latest etching, "St. Mary's of the Angels" from the Bucktown neighborhood, commissioned by William Kritt Realtors. She also delights in painting the rural scene, flowers from her garden or wild fields, her husband's greenhouse, or the fantasies from her own imaginings. She considers the subject of the painting to be not nearly as important as the emotional responses from which a painting evolves.
Although Marilyn is proficient in printmaking and oil painting, she prefers watercolor because of its fluid, spontaneous nature. "It can either be tightly controlled, or left to flow freely into many wonderful directions."
Her work has been shown in numerous 1-person and combined exhibits and juried art fairs, where she has won many awards. Her work is represented in galleries in Illinois, Wisconsin and Michigan. Her paintings are in both corporate and private collections throughout the U.S. and abroad, including six lending libraries.
Marilyn demonstrates and lectures on watercolor techniques, does commissions, including house portraits, and industrial sights. She has been featured in interviews for Cable Television, as well as newspaper articles. Her design for Newcor Dinnerware was shown at the International Hosewares Show in New York City and at Chicago's McCormick Place.
Marilyn's studies have included many nationally known artists from around the Country as well as Chicago and Suburban art schools.