Artist of the Month!

Linda Strauss-Lewis

Marilyn Price, muralist, illustrator, interior designer, entrepreneur, and much more, is our January Artist of the Month. She comes from a very creative family, proudly saying, “my father (a writer and illustrator for Reader’s Digest), all of my uncles, brothers, sisters, and me, are in the arts. We like to say that we all inherited the ‘art’ gene!”

And so, she did! Marilyn won her first two art awards in her home town of Ogden, UT when she was five years old—her medium: crayons! From there, she went on to win accolades and awards in many different mediums throughout her life.

This self-taught artist has dabbled in calligraphy, marker, pencil, pastels, watercolor, oils, and acrylics. She’s done stone rubbings in London, painted plein air in the Colorado mountains, produced flyers and posters for clients, and even enhanced Plano, TX business and medical communities with multiple, gigantic murals—and that’s just for starters!

Through her thriving and much-loved interior design company of 23 years, That Special Touch Interiors, she created, taught, and sold work in the popular medium known as the decorative arts. This ebullient dynamo created custom patterns, and sewed most all her window treatments, and accessories. She gave classes in how to make Christmas wreaths, intricate paintings on eggs, floral arrangements, and stained glass. In fact, she even created Christmas wreaths for Neiman Marcus in Dallas, one of the 14 states that she and her high school sweetheart, Barry, lived during their 58-year marriage.

Four years ago, Marilyn and Barry chose PebbleCreek for the retirement phase of their life. She immediately joined the PC Art Club and broke her independent streak of self-learning by taking classes with Bonnie Kitchens, Marianne Graf, and Sue Galloway. She favors traditional landscapes as her subject matter and goes back and forth between oil and acrylic paints, often using palette knife to create texture. She’s working hard at developing portrait skills because she wants to do paintings of her grandchildren and, soon to arrive, first great-granddaughter! She’s a lovely, friendly, always smiling raconteur, and a delightful addition to the PC Art Club.

Congratulations, Marilyn, on sharing your talent with us as we enter 2020!

You are invited to view Marilyn’s work on display at the Creative Arts Center and at the Tuscany Falls and Eagle’s Nest Clubhouses.