Marilyn Rose bases her paintings on the natural world.  She focuses on the edges of her subject matters; the places where things meet (light and shadow, pigment and water, etc.). Her use of watercolor to document an inner journey in her art work is what sets her apart from traditional artists. Growing up in Chicago, Marilyn took classes at the Art Institute of Chicago. Soon after, she earned her BFA from Washington University and continued her studies at the School of Visual Arts in New York. Currently, she resides in West Caldwell, New Jersey. She is an elected member of the Northeast Watercolor Society, elected member and Membership Chair of the New Jersey Watercolor Society, a member of the Baltimore Watercolor Society and the Essex Watercolor Society, and an associate member of the American Watercolor Society. Marilyn has also won several awards across the country and has been featured in many private collections.

By Linda Rosenblum


Major Awards

Grand Prize, Billsboro Winery/Smith Art Center, Plein Air Competition, Geneva, New York, 2012

Honorable Mention, Wayne, Pennsylvania, Plein Air Festival, 2012

Award of Merit, Essex Watercolor Show, Morristown Community Playhouse, 2012

Award of Merit, Essex Watercolor Show, Anniversary Show, 2012

Award of Excellence, Essex Watercolor Member Show, 2012

Award of Excellence, Essex Watercolor Member Show, 2011

Blick Art Materials Award, Essex Watercolor Society, 2011

Merit Award, Essex Watercolor Society, 2011

Kenneth W. Thropp Memorial Award, Garden State Watercolor Society, 2011

Third Place, Bayonet Farm Paintout, 2011

Bayonet Farm Committee Award, Bayonet Farm Paintout, 2010

Best Urban Scene, Design Domain Gallery, Bernardsville, NJ, 2010

Award of Merit, Essex Watercolor Club for “Maine Memories”, 2008

Blick Art Materials Award, Northeast Watercolor Society International Juried Exhibition for “Sunflowers”, 2008

Award of Merit, Millburn Art Fair, 2008

Award of Excellence, Essex County Watercolor Society for “Sunflowers”, 2006

Award of Excellence, Millburn Short Hills Art Association for “What to Paint”, 2006

Paintings exhibited at “Infinite Layers” – NBAS 2013

Paintings exhibited at “Reflections” 2012 – Watercolors Group Exhibition at Alfa 



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