Marilyn Simandle


Marilyn Simandle is a world renowned artist and painter. She makes her home in beautiful Santa Ynez, California with her husband Donnie.


"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

Trump Collection 

Wally Parks Collection

Klinger Estate Collection

John Garamendi Collection

Glendale Federal Savings Main Branch

Westmont College Permanent Collection

Burt Reynolds Collection

Charlys Wysoki

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


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


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.

Marilyn Simandle is an internationally known oil and water color painter. At the age of six, Marilyn knew she was destined to be a professional artist. After decades of discipline and dedicated practice Marilyn is credentialed as a Master with OPAM, NWS, and AWS (Oil Painters of America, National Water Color Society, and American Water Color Society). She has authored two books, “Capturing Light In Watercolor” and “Contagious Enthusiasm” which reflect her mantra “it takes a lot of practice to become a professional!”

Marilyn often says “you become what you behold”. This is ever so evident in her paintings. You receive peace, joy, rest and comfort through her work. A student of Marilyn’s successful workshops was once heard to say to Marilyn, “you have given me a new insight to painting and have instilled in me courage and inspiration to keep painting.”