Hi!! I'm Marilyn.
I’m trained in fine arts (illustration, painting, graphic design), teaching, child development, and psychology. I’ve worked for 10+ years (2007-date) as a professional illustrator, and 3+ years (2003-2006) as a school teacher. I’ve illustrated several children’s books - 10+ published and many more in the works, created and uploaded over ten thousand high quality vectors on various stock sites, and successfully completed hundreds of freelance illustration gigs. My professional toolbox is comprised of Adobe Create Suite components - Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign for the most part.
I’ve always been passionate about art. However, it wasn’t until after the arrival of my firstborn in 2007 that stars lined up for the launch of my career as an illustrator. Prior to that, training in education and psychology, followed by a brief stint teaching 4th graders served as a useful distraction. Who’d have known that fond memories of doting 9 years olds would continue to inspire my work as an artist, especially while working on children’s books. But such is life. Hindsight’s 20/20. As Steve Jobs once said, “You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever.”
During the past 10+ years as an illustrator I have worked on a range of projects, met several interesting people, and found great joy in just being a professional artist - a dream I nurtured since childhood. I’m always looking to reach out to those who share common interests. On that note, art / illustration work that you’d like me to do also qualifies as a common interest. In any case, even if it’s just a compelling urge to say hi, please feel free to connect.
You could also reach me on firstname.lastname@example.org