Award-winning artist Marilyn Barkhouse was considered something of an artistic prodigy at a very early age. Born on Prince Edward Island in the Canadian Maritimes, the artist attended the fine art program at Acadia University in Nova Scotia at the age of fifteen. She went on to graduate early from the Graphic Design and Fine Art program at Annapolis Campus in Middleton, Nova Scotia in order to begin competition in the gallery circuit at the age of only nineteen.
Marilyn has exhibited broadly and has gained considerable recognition for the photo-realistic quality of her work. Through commissions and contracts, the subject matter of Marilyn's artwork has expanded to encompass international wildlife as well as portraiture of domestic animals in pen-and-ink, pastels and acrylics, her favorite mediums.
Marilyn has her studio near the popular Cape Blomidon provincial park in Nova Scotia, and gains inspiration from the wildlife that she can see from her studio window, including deer, coyote, fox and bald eagles. The artist enjoys the quiet and serenity of a rural, pastoral life along with an extensive menagerie of pets, all previously abused or abandoned animals to whom she has given a warm and loving home.