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ABOUT MARILYN

Most days you can find me stirring up oil paints or Sumi e in my backyard studio,  STUDYING BOTH WAKING AND SLEEPING DREAMs, or DIGGING IN THE DIRT OF MY BEAUTIFUL GARDEN.

In my sumi e I express the feel of contemplative non-duality, with oil I illustrate emotion as abstracts, and with oil I tell stories that resolve emotional conflict, stories of the the divine feminine in magical landscapes where I live, have lived, and want to live, which is a kind and gentle universe.

Art was Magic from my earliest memories. Growing up in rural Nebraska during and after the war, I saw worlds beyond mine through line drawings in children's story books. This showed me that, against the drab rooms and towns where I lived, I could create new worlds from my pencil and watercolor tin.
Here was the color I craved; here were my stories. They are your stories too.

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I begin my art work with a line of poetry, a prose quote, an emotion, or a piece of music.

I want to know this concept on a deeper level of consciousness than the intellect alone. I go into my body. I listen to a deeper voice within me, not my head voice.

I get very quiet in front of a piece of rice paper or canvas. I respond with my brush and my ink or color out of this deeper space, the place of heart and soul. The image is painted—almost, it seems, of its own accord.

When I share this artwork, I find the viewer also stops for a moment and does the same. As they sit with the work, something takes shape within themselves, resonates in their own depths.

Healing comes from that contemplative depth.

The viewer’s own insights can then be released, freely given back into the world.

It’s a combination of the printed concept and the abstract image. It feels magical.

This is the way of the feminine, a way of knowing with more wholeness, with
heart and soul.

This work comes from a contemplative depth of meditation, both Zen Buddhist and Contemplative Christian, and from studying Zen artists, poets and Western abstract artists from Kokoschka through Helen  Frankenthaler, Franz Kline,   








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Robert Motherwell and all the abstract artists in between.

As an artist, I have most recently been spotlighted in Margot Elena Design Studios and the Aurora Arts and Cultural Center. My CV is available upon request.

I am known as a lifetime artist, teacher of art, and Jungian psychotherapist.

I currently make my home in the midst of a garden of old-fashioned roses where I paint and write.

People often refer to me as calm, deep, interested and interesting. 

When I’m not busy working on my newest drawing or painting or doing dream work with a client, you can catch me pruning the roses, sketching with my sketching group, or trying to keep up with my newest little grand-daughter.

If you’re curious to hear more, here are four things you might not know about me. I lived 17 years in Canada so consider myself half Canadian. I flew my own single engine aircraft in Canada and still have my pilot’s license. I drove a school-bus through a snow storm down winding, old Hwy 101 in the Redwoods of California on a sleety, dark winter night. I also write and sing.

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Robert Motherwell and all the abstract artists in between.

As an artist, I have most recently been spotlighted in Margot Elena Design Studios and the Aurora Arts and Cultural Center. My CV is available upon request.

I am known as a lifetime artist, teacher of art, and Jungian psychotherapist.

I currently make my home in the midst of a garden of old-fashioned roses where I paint and write.

People often refer to me as calm, deep, interested and interesting. 

When I’m not busy working on my newest drawing or painting or doing dream work with a client, you can catch me pruning the roses, sketching with my sketching group, or trying to keep up with my newest little grand-daughter.

If you’re curious to hear more, here are four things you might not know about me. I lived 17 years in Canada so consider myself half Canadian. I flew my own single engine aircraft in Canada and still have my pilot’s license. I drove a school-bus through a snow storm down winding, old Hwy 101 in the Redwoods of California on a sleety, dark winter night. I also write and sing.

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Advanced Degrees

 M.Ed. Major in Art Education
University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta

Martin Buber, I-Thou
Dialogical Relationships
University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta

 Ph.D. Jungian Psychotherapeutic Studies and Dream Analysis
Greenwich University, Hawaii

 Jungian Psychotherapy
Certification Archetypos
Denver, Colorado 
 
 

Professional Experience 

Art Teacher
Elementary-Post Graduate
and Private Lessons

 Dream Study,
Denver, Colorado

Jungian Art Psychotherapy,
Denver, Colorado

Watercolor Painting,
Idhra, Greece

Related Courses

 Landscape Painting,
University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta

 Painting and Drawing Figure,
University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta

 Banff School of Fine Arts,
Instructors: Graham Coughtry,
Dennis Burton,
Banff, Alberta

 New England Renaissance Studies, Concord and Boston, Massachusetts




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Professional Experience 

Art Teacher
Elementary-Post Graduate
and Private Lessons

 Dream Study,
Denver, Colorado

Jungian Art Psychotherapy,
Denver, Colorado

Watercolor Painting,
Idhra, Greece

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Fine art
by Marilyn wells

Denver COlorado

Marilyn Wells - Fine Artist

Cabbage Woman

oil on canvas
60" x 72"
SOLD

Hanging Clothes in Springtime

oil on canvas
20" x 24"
$1100

Women at the Well

oil on canvas
72" x 48" $3000

Eastern Star

oil on canvas
60" x 72"
$3300

Peagusus Rising

oil on canvas
20" x 24"
$1100

East of the Sun, West of the Moon 

oil on canvas
 20" x 24"
SOLD

Garden of Eden

oil on canvas
72" x 60"
$3300

My Grandmother's Garden

oil on canvas
20" x 20"
$900

Wisdom Sophia

oil on canvas
24" x 48"
$1800

 Mermaid Dreams

oil on canvas
18" x 36"
SOLD

 Bridget

oil on canvas
18" x 36"
$1800

Red Darling

"Imagine the time the particle you are 
Returns where it came from. 

The family darling comes home. Wine, without being contained in cups, is handed around. 

A red glint appears in a granite outcrop,
And suddenly the whole cliff turns to ruby. “
Rumi 181O

Oil On Canvas 20" x 24" $1100

Driftin'

Oil On Canvas 20" x 24" $1100

From Herbie Hancock, “Driftin’” 182O

I Am, O Anxious One

Oil On Canvas 30" x 40" $1750

“...Don’t you hear my voice...?

If you are the dreamer, I am what you dream. 
But when you want to wake, I am your wish,
and grow strong...
above the strange and distant city, Time.”

Rilke - (I am, O Anxious One. Don’t you hear my voice)
“Book of Hours” 184O

No Attempt to Possess

Oil On Canvas 20" x 24" $1100

“Only one who makes no attempt to possess it
cannot lose it.”
     -Lao Tzu - Tao Te Ching 185O

Flights Without Incident

"For the most part the flights were without incident. Like sea divers, we sank peacefully into the depths of our element." - Antoine de Saint-Exupery

14" x 18" on mulberry paper,
flat mounted   $405

Come Dance With Me

God only knows four words, "Come dance with me." - Rumi
14" x 18" on mulberry paper,
 flat mounted  $405

Trying to Take Advice

Heart pierced by the love god's swift arrows she tries to retain her girlfriend's advice, tries and tries but just can't. - Mara (Andrew Schelling)

14" x 18" on mulberry paper,
flat mounted $405 

Life Too Sacred

Indeed God has written a thousand promises all over your heart that say, Life, Life, Life, is far too sacred to ever end.  -Rumi

14" x 18" on mulberry paper,flat mounted $405

Lust... 

...the thousand pound odometer meter on the dashboard of the infinite"...T.Robbins

14" x 18" on mulberry paper,
flat mounted  $405 

Collision

"We're not involved in a relationship, you and I, we're involved in a collision. - Tom Robbins

14" x 18" on mulberry paper,
flat mounted  $405

I Shall Read My Course in the Stars...

"When night has fallen I, delivered, shall read my course in the stars." - Antoine de Saint-Exupery

14" x 18" on mulberry paper,
flat mounted $405

A Jar Full of Delight

Every object, every being,
is a jar full of delight…
Rumi 1811S

14" by 18" on mulberry paper,
flat mounted  $405

The Dragon's Jewells

The dragon’s jewells are found
    in every wave.
Looking for the moon, it is 
    Here, in this wave, in the next.
    -Dogen 1812S

14" by 18" on mulberry paper,
flat mounted $405


Frog pond.
A leaf falls in
without a sound.
Matsuo Bashō 1644-1694 1813S

14" by 18" on mulberry paper,
flat mounted $405

Frog Pond

14" by 18" on mulberry paper,
flat mounted $405

Joys and Sorrows Pass - 3

Joys and sorrows pass, each by each,
Failure one moment, happy success the next.
But for me, I have chosen freedom
from the world’s cares. I chose simplicity.
    -Hsieh Ling-Yun (385-433) . 1814S

Joys and Sorrows Pass - 2


Joys and sorrows pass, each by each,
Failure one moment, happy success the next.
But for me, I have chosen freedom
from the world’s cares. I chose simplicity.
    -Hsieh Ling-Yun (385-433) 1814S

14" by 18" on mulberry paper,
flat mounted $405

14" by 18" on mulberry paper,
flat mounted $405

What you Really Love

Let yourself be silently drawn
by the stronger pull of what you really love.
   Rumi 1815S

A Pearl on the Bottom


When you see a pearl on the bottom,
you reach through the foam and the 
    broken sticks
on the surface.

   Rumi 1831S

14" by 18" on mulberry paper,
flat mounted $405

Sheba’s Throne 2

14" by 18" on mulberry paper,
flat mounted $405

Solomon saw that her heart was open to him
And that the throne would soon
  be left behind.
   Rumi 1816S 2

Totally Empty

Every moment, the sunlight
is totally empty and totally full.
   Rumi 1817S

14" by 18" on mulberry paper,
flat mounted $405

Uncertain Hour

“In the uncertain hour before the morning
Near the ending of the interminable night…
“Little Gidding’ - T. S. Eliot 181S

14" by 18" on mulberry paper,
flat mounted $405

14" by 18" on mulberry paper,
flat mounted $405

Last Chance

Look, I want to love this world
as though it’s the last chance
    I’m ever going to get
to be alive
and know it.
   October - Mary Oliver 1821S

Dream and Glide Deeper

14" by 18" on mulberry paper,
flat mounted $405

At night before sleeping you
    take off the tight shoes,
and your soul releases
    into a place it knows.
Dream and glide deeper.
   Rumi (CB) 1820S

14" by 18" on mulberry paper,
flat mounted $405

Make of Yourself A Light

Make of yourself a light
    said the Buddha
before he died.
     -Mary Oliver 1822S

14" by 18" on mulberry paper,
flat mounted $405

This Now Is It

This now is it. Your deepest
    Need and desire
is satisfied by this moment’s energy
here in your hand.
   Rumi “Father Reason” 1824S

14" by 18" on mulberry paper,
flat mounted $405

My God, You Surprise Me

     “My God, 
      you surprise me
      being right in my middle…”
      1831S

14" by 18" on mulberry paper,
flat mounted $405

Don't Go To Strangers

Don’t go to strangers.
Just come on home to me.
Etta James 189S

14" by 18" on mulberry paper,
flat mounted $405

To Live With My Eyes Open

…this much I have learned—
if not enough else—
to live with my eyes open.
Mary Oliver 187S

14" by 18" on mulberry paper,
flat mounted $405

Love Hawk 1

This dove here senses
the love-hawk floating above
and waits and will not be driven
or scared to safety.
-Rumi 185S

14" by 18" on mulberry paper,
flat mounted $405

The Darkness Shall Be Light

So the darkness shall be light,
and the stillness the dancing.”
“East Coker” - T.S. Eliot 184S

14" by 18" on mulberry paper,
flat mounted $405

The End of our Exploration

We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.
“Little Gidding” - T.S. Eliot 183S