Pam Marrinan of Somerset draws in pen and ink and paints in watercolor and acrylic. Her subjects reflect her rural upbringing and lifelong love of nature.
Marrinan grew up in Lewisburg, Ohio, on a dairy farm surrounded by pastoral beauty. One of the first skills she learned that helped her development her artist style was keen observation of the beauty of hay stacks, meadows, creeks and corn fields.
At 17 she finished cosmetology college and opened Pam’s Beauty Salon and Antique Shop outside of Lewisburg. There she watched her customers sit under the hair dryer crocheting, knitting, piecing quilts and making dolls. Her customers turned out to be her teachers as did a local post mistress and one of her grandmothers. They generously shared crafting skills with her.
Marrinan, who became a resident of Pulaski County in 1967, is the mother of a daughter, Charline, who was diagnosed with a developmental disability in childhood. As a mother she found herself drawing and working with color to encourage her daughter’s growth. Today, incidentally, Charline Marrinan, is an accomplished nature photographer and is also a juried member of the Mountain Heritage Artisans Guild.
Inside Marrinan there was a desire to paint whether on gourds, feathers, leaves or on paper. It is no surprise that she found her favorite subjects are nature and rural scenes. Her delicate paintings and drawings might be called nostalgic for a way of life that she lovingly recalls.
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