Marilyn Mitchell was born in Queens, NY and was raised on Long Island, NY with summers spent in New Hampshire. She attended SUNY New Paltz as a Fine Arts major & graduated from SUNY Stony Brook in 1980 with a B.S. in Nursing. In 1981 she spent a year in Paris, France while her husband did graduate work in Mathematics.
From 1982 to 1985 they lived in LA, CA. There, she studied painting with Martin Lubner in Venice,CA and printmaking with Don Emery @ Santa Monica City College. She was chosen twice as a printmaking finalist in International competitions.
They next moved to Urbana, Ill. where her husband had a teaching position @ the U of Illinois where she continued printmaking and studied Art History.
From 1987 to 1991 they lived outside the Boston area. There she developed a benign cyst in her brain, had a craniotomy and decided to return to San Diego in 1991.
For eight years they lived in Encinitas, CA. She did work with printmaking @ Mesa College and studied with Louis Hock, Sheldon Brown and John Welchman @ UCSD. She was a board member of the Women's Caucus for Art. She collaborated twice with 5 women to put on the multidisciplinary show called, “Crossroads” & spoke on NPR's “These Days” about the show.
From 1999 to 2002 they lived in Wellesley, MA. There she was juried into Boston's most competitive annual drawing show, juried by MIT's List Center for Visual Art's curator Bill Arning. She was invited to speak on Art panels at The Boston Center for Art and @ UNH. She was juried into Ceres Gallery, a cooperative gallery in NYC.
They returned to Encinitas in 2002. In 2010 she was juried into the Art Meets Fashion project & worked with Jennifer Grace, Thomine Wilson & Debb Solan to produce work shown @ the San Diego Art Dept. in April 2011. Her work ranges from interactive sculptures to monumental drawings/oil paintings & is strongly influenced by popular media. She is also a Certified Brown Belt Nia instructor & works for Kaiser Permanente as a Quality Consultant.