Marilyn McNish – Focus on Local Artists – Issue #30

October 2014

Marilyn McNish

Marilyn McNish

For this month, the Winnipeg River Arts Council would like to feature visual artist, Marilyn McNish, who lives on the shores of the beautiful Manigotagan River. Manigotagan is one of the smaller communities in the north Eastman region. It is located at the mouth of the river, east of the Manigotagan Provincial Park, a popular and accessible destination for whitewater canoeists.

Following many years in the corporate environment, semi-retirement finally provided McNish the freedom to focus on her true passion – painting. She now has the time and energy to dedicate herself to this art form, and has created a new art career.

She is a self-taught artist who paints vibrant and colorful paintings from photographs or memory, with her most popular medium being acrylic.

Recently, she participated in the Manitoba Art Expo where she displayed her artwork and created a themed art piece and video called, “Missing Children,” for the special Showcase Gallery for Human Rights. She also teaches art classes from her home, displays her artwork in corporate offices, and participates in various art shows and juried events, including the Eastman Judged Art Exhibit in Pinawa.

Her subjects and interests vary, allowing McNish to paint many interesting compositions, which she feels diversifies and challenges her skills. Her artistic themes include local wilderness, prairie vistas, farmyard animals, birds, flowers, trees, winter scenes, wildlife, boats, planes, beaches, oceans, images from her travels, and various illustrations intended to evoke thought and contemplation.