While Eger’s media of choice is oil, as well as pastel and acrylics, she feels like a sculptor when painting because she can chisel out the images as though they were stone. Marilyn is also drawn to reflected light and she has a deep passion for vibrant color. Her intent is not to be a camera but to convey her feelings and sensations at that moment in time. Color notes laid down, one against another, without hesitation is a perfect moment in time. Marilyn’s paintings are impressionistic in style as she tries to catch the fleeting light of the golden hour.
Antique relics recur in Eger’s work in the form of old, rusty cars and tractors. Those items bring back moments on her Grandma’s farm when life was sweet and simple. Since Eger retired from teaching art a year and a half ago, she is now painting, or in the fields with her husband. Sometimes she is on the tractor and other days she is driving the Kawasaki Mule to trees that need tending as well as landscaping the garden with her husband Jerry leading the way. Marilyn’s paintings are a part of her everyday life. They are an extension of her identity. The small farmer is vanishing and these paintings document this vanishing past.
Eger believes art and the creative process is a force of consistency in her life. Her work allows her to endure life’s difficulties. Marilyn Eger is a survivor, of not only cancer, but of life. These small interpretations of rural life, take you back to a childhood memory, as well as the blood, sweat and tears the land demands of its inhabitants.
“I am primarily a plein air painter. When this is not possible, my own photos are used as a point of departure. I am inspired by the area I live in and things around me, such as the Clements landscape, old tractors and cars, curious cattle, the sunsets/sunrises and the flowers from the garden. I am also drawn to reflected color in all kinds of items especially, bottles. I have a deep passion for vibrant color.” explains Marilyn Eger. All she ever wanted to do was create art. Her media of choice is oil, pastel and acrylics in that order. She feels like a sculptor when painting because she can chisel out the images as though they were stone.
As a young girl Marilyn’s parents encouraged her, by enrolling her in art courses and creating a studio in the back of their antique shop where she would spend hours painting. Antique relics recur in her work in the form of old, rusty cars and tractors, as well as antique lanterns and jars.
Throughout her life she values a strong art education and will never stop learning. Eger earned a Bachelor of Arts from California State University, Stanislaus in Art. She also received teaching credentials from Chapman College and her M.F.A. at the Academy of Art in San Francisco, Ca. in 2013.
She believes art and the creative process is a force of consistency in her life.
Her work allows her to endure life’s difficulties. Eger is a survivor, of not only cancer, but of life. Marilyn Eger lives in Clements, California with her husband Jerry, their chocolate lab, “Hot Chocolate” and their Great Pyrenees, Sandy.
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