Marion W. Hylton




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I've been an active painter most of my life, creating works in the realist tradition.  I sometimes work in plein air, but I prefer the solitude of my studio where I can concentrate on combining elements from my photographs into an interesting painting.  Drawing and composition are of primary importance to me, with color harmony following closely behind.  I was fortunate in having an outstanding high school art teacher and with her help managed to win a four-year scholarship to the Ringling School of Art in Sarasota, Florida.  There I studied with the late Hilton Leech, an outstanding watercolorist after whom the art center in Sarasota was named.  I'm a signature member of the Florida Watercolor Society, Georgia Watercolor Society, Mississippi Watercolor Society, Texas Watercolor Society and the Southeastern Pastel Society.  My recent work, primarily landscapes and portraits, has included watercolor, pastel, oils, and acrylics all of which I find endlessly challenging. My paintings were accepted into seven of the Top 100 shows for Arts for the Parks.  In the year 2000, I won the Region III award; in 2004, I won the Region I award; and in 2006 my pastel painting, "One of the Fallen", won the Grand Prize in the Arts for the Parks annual competition.





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