Marilyn McNeish moved to Winfield in 1944 and has been here ever since. When her first child went to college in 1973, she started painting with Emily Williams. “I thought I could learn to paint in two hours a week,” McNeish said. “That is, of course, wrong!”
One day she said to herself, “I didn’t learn to play the piano in just two hours a week.” So she began to paint a lot more. It wasn’t until 2008, however, that she knew she’d become an artist. That year Southwestern College asked her to exhibit her work in the President’s Gallery.
Over the years, McNeish has studied art with Nadine Elam, Annette Long, Karen Patton and Sherry Nelson, as well as Williams. She greatly admires the work of Georgia O’Keefe, Andrew Wyeth, Grace Raymond and Sue Jean Covacevich.
Now widowed, McNeish fills her days with volunteer activities for various organizations. She works with the Wichita Symphony, Cumbernauld Village, and Friends of the Library in Winfield. She continues to play piano. And she paints.
Picasso said, “Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.”
McNeish relates to that. “The last few years painting has been my lifeline,” she said. “The time never goes faster than when I’m painting.”
Besides canvas and masonite, she paints on objects. Boxes, trays, cabinets, and music instrument shells all have received her artistic endeavors.
McNeish loves working with oil paints, but has used acrylic, watercolor and colored pencil as well. She delights in giving many of her creations to her family, now numbering 27 including great-grandchildren.
Butterfly; oil on masonite; 10 x 11; $35
Brown-haired Little Girl; oil on canvas; 14 x 18; $150
Chickadee waiting for fruit; oil on canvas; 15 x 19; $125
Iris on Orange; oil on canvas; 18 x 22; $150
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Poppies; watercolor; 22 x 26; $125