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This Friday, The Artist Colony of Zanesville will recognize Tower studio's and one of its young artists.
Marilyn Knell is actually in her sixties, but she has only been painting with oil and acrylics on canvas, for the past 8 years. She said she had always been interested in creativity, but never actually painted until recently.
“What it was, we built a new house and I had walls to fill, and it looked like it was going to be expensive to buy other peoples, and I thought well I can just do this,” said Knell. “I started throwing paint on canvas, and looking at it and going 'no, this isn't going to work'."
She then decided to take painting lessons from Linda Regula, one of the other artists featured from Tower Studios and her artist career took off. She said she tends to paint slowly and abstract pieces can take up to several months, but her heart really lies in one resounding theme.
"Well my art is mostly animals and abstracts because I am an animal advocate, so I try to, my themes are endangered, abused, animals, and then the abstracts are what ever people see in them."
Knell and the four other artists from Tower Studios will be featured this Friday on the fifth floor of the Masonic Temple on Fourth Street Downtown from 5 to 8 p.m. To see more of her work visit her website at marilynknell.com.