"Perfection is the enemy of great art." Robert Henri
Marilyn Simandle has always known that she would become an artist. Learning from her mother, a musician and painter, Marilyn started painting watercolors at age 6. She received her BA Arts Degree from San Jose State Univ. and went on to share her inspiration with the world.
A native Californian, she now resides in Hampton Cove, Alabama, where she explores all her passions: Painting, gardening, and playing the piano. The former stewardess is an avid traveler and photographer that keep her fully stocked with subject matter for painting. Her late husband and acclaimed artist, Ted Goerschner, graduated to be with the Lord in 2012. She re-married in March of 2015 and is now thoroughly enjoying her new husband and his support in her grand adventure.
In her "Painterly Style", Marilyn tries to convey her own personal beliefs of what art truly is. The artist's role is to make the ordinary extraordinary. She loves to explore the interplay of light and shadow and its effects on the subject matter. Her painting compositions engage her collectors with uplifting shapes , values, and exciting colors, tonal relations and depth. Marilyn believes it is far better to leave a painting more unfinished rather than with too much detail so the viewer can complete the painting. It is more free to view a single brush stroke done with energy and confidence than 100 strokes done with drudgery. Marilyn's mentors are John Singer Sargent and Joaquin Sorolla.
Wrigley Estate Collection
Laguna Art Museum
Wally Parks Collection
Klinger Estate Collection
John Garamendi Collection
Glendale Federal Savings Main Branch
Westmont College Permanent Collection
Burt Reynolds Collection
Cottage Hospital, VIP Wing
Master Signature Member of Oil Painters of America (OPAM)
American Watercolor Society-signature member(AWS)
National Watercolor Society (NWS)
Plein-Air Painters of America
California Art Club
AWARDS AND SHOWS
Best of show, Jones and Terwilliger Galleries 20th annual, 2018
Oil Painters of America Show Eastern Regional, 2013
Oil Painters of America Western Regional Jury of Awards. 2014
Oil Painters of America Show Eastern Regional 2014
Oil Painters of America National Show, Americana Gallery, Carmel“Sheryl Smithson” Award, 2000
LAPAPA Invitational Show, Laguna Art Museum, 1999
People’s Choice Award, OPA National Show 1998
First Place, OPA West Coast Regional Show 1998
Grumbacher Gold Medal OPA National show 1997
First Place OPA West Coast Regional Show 1997
126th American Water Color Society Show, High Winds Medal, 1997
Water Color West Annual Show, XXIV Purchase Award 1991
SYV Classic Invitational Show, 2nd place 1982
12th Annual Traditional Artists Show, 2nd best of show 1978
BOOKS/ PUBLICATIONS ( Partial list)
Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine, “Its All About the Light” March 2006
Artists Magazine“Lessons From Life” June 2005
Self published book, “Contagious Enthusiasm”, Fall 2000
ArticleSouthwest Art, April 2000, and December 1985
International Artist, article, 1998
Art of the West,1997, Chapter, January 1989
Watercolor Magazine, Fall 1996
SB New Press, Cover and feature story 1989
Museum Guide, Cover, 1982
Capturing Light in Watercolor, North Light Books, 1997
Chapter in “Being an Artist, North Light Books, Lew Lehrman 1991
Marilyn has taught 2-3 workshops a year for the last 30 years in various key locations in the US and Europe including Scottsdale Artists School, Valdes School (Santa Fe).
Most recent workshop in the Lot Valley, France 2015, at the Domaine du Haut Baran.
One of Marilyn’s fans said, “ Marilyns workshops are a piece of Heaven on earth. She taught us to see the supernatural in the natural.” Sara, Cambria, CA.