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Current Exhibition at Leonardo Gallery:

Fragments of the Imagination
March 26 - April 16, 2008

Previous Exhibitions at Leonardo Gallery:

Shifting Season


Marjolyn studied painting at Parsons School of Art and Design in New York City and received a BFA from Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida. She also holds a BA with honors degree in Mass Communications from Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario. Currently Marjolyn works from her studio in the Distillery District in Toronto and travels through the US exhibiting in top art fairs across the country. She is represented by several galleries in Toronto and is in several corporate collections in North America.


These paintings are from memory, imagination and suspended moments of my daily life. Like windows in time each image attempts to search for the emotion associated with a particular time and place.

So often a person has an image, a spark of a memory that is saturated with emotion. Many times there is an ambiguity to this image; a vagueness yet a crystal clear moment. Through the use of stark and subdued light my work attempts to draw the viewer into the moment of the narrative. The viewer is drawn into the subject and explores how the parts of the image relate to each other.

Like memories, each painting is layered with several images. The process lends itself to creating a memory. The surface reveals a thickness of texture through the use of tissue paper and modeling paste. The viewer becomes involved in the discovery of the moment captured by the painting.

The colors are warm and inviting. Not bright and disturbing. This allows for an invitation for the viewer to be reminiscent about a particular time and place.

These works exist and their goal is to mark a moment of time. Through the use of texture, color, and contrasts of light, I want to stop the viewer in their tracks and register the narrative.



1991-1995  B.F.A. Painting; Ringling School of Art and Design - Florida
1994            New York Studio Program; Parsons School of Art and Design;
                    New York City, New York
1983-1987  B.A. Honours, Mass Communications;
                    Carleton University - Montreal, Quebec

Solo Exhibitions

2007            Shifting Season; Leonardo Galleries - Toronto, Ontario
2007            Shadow of Your Steps; Chancery Art Gallery - Bracebridge, Ontario
2005            Strolling Through Paris; Willow Gallery - Toronto, Ontario
2003            French Secrets; Willow Gallery - Toronto, Ontario
2001            Through the Looking Glass; Angell Gallery, Toronto, Ontario

Group Exhibitions

2007            Uptown Art Festival - Minneapolis, Minnesota
2007            Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition - Toronto, Ontario
2007            Geneva Art in the Park - Chicago, Illinois
2006-2007  McMichael Art Gallery - Kleinburg, Ontario
2005-2007  Toronto Art Expo - Toronto, Ontario
2000-2007  St. James Court Art Festival - Louisville, Kentucky
2000-2007  Art in the Park - Plymouth, Michigan
2003-2005  Art in the Park - Westerville, Ohio
2000            Paperbacked, Paperbound; Blackwood Gallery - Mississauga, Ontario
2000            Factory Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
2000            Juried Show; Clarington Visual Arts Center - Clarington, Ontario


Ontario Arts Council Grant (2008)
CASA Best of St. James Court Art Festival Pre Show Gala
Best of Show, Saugatuck Arts Festival - Saugatuck, Michigan
Mayor's Award, Clarington Museum of Art - Clarington Ontario
Best of Show, Artigras - West Palm Beach, Florida
Best in Show, Home County Folk Festival - London, Ontario
Best of Show, Westerville Art Fair - Westerville, Ohio