Marilyn Hurst - Canadian Artist
Golden Cactus Studio - White Rock Art Gallery

                                        

Marilyn Hurst                  

 

In the early nineties it was time to rediscover myself and I underwent an existential crisis culminating in an urge to take up painting.  The first tentative steps were portraiture and proved to be the most transformative because, since that time, the work has expanded beyond anything I could  have dreamed or imagined.

The transition to becoming an artist has been a tremendous learning curve and along the way I have developed a new found respect for the resolve which is necessary to make the art profession work for oneself.  By grace alone do we find the necessary persistence to follow our path.

     Hotel California Studio-Resident Artist                       

In 1997 I moved to Cabo San Lucas, Baja, Mexico, with new husband and artist mentor Chris MacClure.  We opened a 2nd floor studio in the downtown area and that is where the real art education began.  As testimony to the creative spirit, over the next 13 years our humble beginnings morphed into the most respected art gallery in Los Cabos with the Golden Cactus Gallery’s eclectic collection of artists and art becoming the benchmark of excellence for the southern Baja.

Operating a gallery in a foreign country was challenging, but it allowed me to paint full time and curating the art in the gallery gave the opportunity to hone and refine my art appreciation.  As always it was the excitement of the Mexican culture which provided ongoing inspiration, but it is the joy that comes from reaching within oneself and letting the expression flow from the silence that gives life to the work.

I am currently represented by galleries in B.C. Alberta, Saskatchewan and Mexico.

My paintings reflect a ménage of life experience, and creative energy.  The landscapes, florals and expressionist abstracts are as always, inspired by "living the life as an artist" and the beauty of my home  and studio in White Rock, B.C.