The Inner Canyon: Rafting Thru the Grand Canyon


June - July 2021 • FREE*
Artist Reception June 19 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

My name is Marilyn Taylor, I was born in Upstate New York and grew up in California. I have lived in Farmington, New Mexico for forty-three wonderful years. I spent my first twenty-five years here as an elementary school teacher. I loved teaching, but after I retired I discovered a new passion, oil painting. I have always loved art and while visiting Santa Fe found my calling. I was wandering along Canyon Road viewing the paintings and I was mesmerized by the work of such accomplished artists. It was like I could feel the brush strokes and I knew what I had to do.

Art has been my focus for the last eleven years. Joseph Cambell’s quote, “Follow your bliss and doors and opportunities will open for you.”, became my mantra. It led me to Artifacts Gallery where I have my Studio. I signed up for classes with Rod Hubble, a master impressionist oil painter and great teacher. The Four Corners Plein Air Painters accepted me as a member. I had a solo show at San Juan College early in my career. I painted with the Plein Air group at Big Bend National Park and we have had our work featured in two different shows at Sol Ross University. I have displayed and sold my work at local outdoor venues. Artifacts Gallery has featured my art and I am building a following of patrons there. I especially enjoy teaching new artists how to paint. A customer once told me my work spoke to her soul. When a customer chooses me to commission a painting I am greatly honored.

I try to be generous with my new passion. I donate my time and my work when the opportunity comes. My favorite thing is volunteering at the local schools. I also served on the San Juan College Fine Arts Committee for 10 years, three years as chairperson.

My subject matter is a reflection of how I see the world and the many things that catch my interest. I paint birds, trains, flowers, landscapes plus a myriad other things. My style is varying degrees of realism, driven by my subject matter and my mood. Trains and architecture tend to be more representational, while Plein Air landscapes are more impressionistic.

My current show at the Gateway Museum features paintings from photographs I took on a rafting trip down the Grand Canyon. My goal was for the viewer to see the inner canyon through my eyes. Each painting brought me back to that moment on my trip.

I followed my bliss and look where it has led me!

For more info call the Farmington Museum at
(505) 599-1174.

*$3 donations are welcome.