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MARILYN CRANFIELD

Marilyn was born in the beautiful Sydney harbour side suburb of Longueville where her first artistic abilities began. Drawing came naturally, so after secondary school she attended North Sydney Technical College to study technical drawing and commercial art.

The profession of Commercial Artistry was her aim, but after marrying and having four children the serious art scene in Melbourne attracted her.

When her youngest child started school she attended Melbourne University studying under Wesley Pembathy. Two years later Marilyn exhibited in and around Melbourne and began winning awards.

The famous Heidelberg School of Landscape Painting particularly attracted her, and before long she was invited to join the prestigious Realist Guild of Artists and the Victorian Art Society.

Marilyn has won many prestigious art competitions and her works are represented in many areas of Australia, France and the United Kingdom. Marilyn now lives in the Forster area of the NSW Mid North Coast and has given demonstrations of her skills with the palette knife: under pressure of time she created a beautiful image of a bowl of roses.

Forster is indeed very fortunate to have an artist of such stature in its midst, partularly when she combines her ability to create and impart her skills to others.

Marilyn has been teaching in Forster for 28 years or more, with occasional trips to Melbourne. She has given numerous workshops in oil painting and has occasionally ventured into watercolour and pastel for her own enjoyment.

Marilyn went to Europe in 2006 to paint in various places throughout Italy, such as Venice and the fields of Tuscany, the high cliffs of the Isle of Capri, on beautiful Lake Como and the breathtaking coast of Italy. She was greatly inspired by the exquisite Monet's Garden.

AWARDS TO DATE
  • 1979: 1st Prize T.C Coles Award: Best Painting of the Mornington
       Peninsula (Kenneth Hood, judge)
  • 1979: 3rd Prize Taree Art Show (Jean Irshwood, judge)
  • 1980: 3rd Prize Keilor Heights Art Show (Committee of Judges)
  • 1980: 4th Prize Taree Art Show (Tom de Luey, judge)
  • 1980: 2nd Prize Mountbatten Award: Royal Overseas League Art Show
       (Sir William Dargie,Carlotta Bush and R. Miller, judges)
  • 1980: 2nd Prize St.Kevin's College Melbourne ($3000 award)
  • 1991: 2nd Prize Great Lakes Art Society Exhibition
  • 1992: 2nd Prize Pacific Palms Art Festival
  • 1996: 1st Prize Great Lakes Art Society Exhibition
  • 1997: 1st Prize Great Lakes Art Society Exhibition
  • 2001: 1st Prize Pacific Palms Art Festival
  • 2004: 1st Prize Great Lakes Art Society Exhibition
  • 2009: 1st Prize Great Lakes Art Society Exhibition
  • 2010: 2nd Prize Great Lakes Art Society Exhibition
  • 2010: 2nd Prize Great Lakes Art Society Members' Exhibition
  • 2010: Highly Commended Great Lakes Art Society Open Exhibition
  • 2011: 1st Prize Great Lakes Art Society Members' Exhibition
  • 2012: 1st Prize Great Lakes Art Society Open Exhibition
  • 2013: Peoples' Choice Great Lakes Art Society Members' Exhibition
  • 2014: 2nd Prize Great Lakes Art Society Open Exhibition
  • 2014: 2nd Prize Taree Open Art Exhibition
  • 2014: Highly Commended The Coal & Allied Singleton Art Prize