Marilyn Wylder, nude figure drawing & printmaking

An expatriate New Yorker, Marilyn Wylder now lives and works in San Francisco with artist husband, David Milazzo.

Education includes a B.A. and M.A. from San Francisco State University in English with emphases in Creative Writing and Linguistics.

As for art education, Marilyn pieced that together herself, studying drawing with Linda Hope and Diane Olivier, and printmaking with Robin Kaneshiro at City College of San Francisco.

She credits her early life – growing up in New York City, visiting the museums and galleries, hanging out with well known artists and theatre people, listening to their worldly conversations – as the beginning of her artistic sensibility. She drank it all in, long before she considered that her own life would be a life in art.

“What appeals to me in art is something ineffable and elastic, that can only be expressed in visual art or poetry; it is like the part of us that dreams.

When I’m making prints, the manner of inking imbues a painterly quality. In fact, my prints are often taken for paintings. The colors migrate in surprising ways, often blending and refracting, so that each pulled print has its own unique look.

Now a few words about drawing. There is something spontaneous in the touch of pencil to paper; a drawing can take the fleeting blush of inspiration and nail it to the picture plane. The challenge lies in knowing what to put in, what to leave out — and when to stop. The result is an economy of expression, i.e., to say a great deal with little. If an oil painting is a concerto, then a drawing is improvised jazz.”
Marilyn Wylder
Jul 11, 2018

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