Marilyn Oliver

Marilyn Oliver  is a visual artist residing in Cranbrook, B.C. since 1964. She has been inspired to explore a variety of techniques, subject matter and media. This diversity of expression suits her spontaneous nature and is elemental to the creative process. She has worked on commission and received a number of awards for pieces submitted to Juried exhibitions at the Artrageous Gallery in Cranbrook.

Media: Acylic, Watercolour / Collage, Portraits in Oil, Encaustic Wax, Fabric/Acrylic, Art Cards and Jewellery.

Gallery Affiliations:

  • Key Gallery, Cranbrook B.C.
  • Pynelog Cultural Centre, Invermere, B.C.
  • Artrageous Gallery, Cranbrook B.C.

Some Recent Images:

Mediterranean Garden: 20×20 inch Acrylic on unframed canvas. Price $375.

“My first thought was a gecko on a branch and that led me to imagining warmer climes with flowers and berries big and lush. The soft hues put me in a meditative space and who of us can’t use a little of that.”

Music, Wine, Romance: 24 x 30 inch, mixed media (Fabric/Acrylic). Price $675. “Inspiration: A great love of all three … music, wine and romance. I used a palette knife for liberal application of paint to set the tone and a small section of mesh for texture interest. The colors; red for passion, blue for mood and a perfect back drop for all that “The Bottle” has to offer.”

Temptation: 36 x 12 inch on unframed canvas. Price $375 .

An earlier piece, “In the Garden of Temptation”  – is, I believe my best work. Although it sold it has left it’s mark and I often find myself reflecting on the process that has led me back here to Temptation. The mood is somewhat darker for reasons unknown to me but the message remains clear. Textures, using a palette knife, give the garden a feeling of mystery and depth”.


Charlie (Charles Chaplin) – Acrylic)







Can Can Girls – Acrylic inspired by Toulouse Lautrec




Bob Dylan (Acrylic)


 African Woman – 36×12 Fabric/acrylic $375…(This image has be cropped slightly)




Blues Cabaret: This artwork is a 36×36 acrylic on deep, unframed canvas. I was inspired by my love of music; plain and simple.  The title “Blues Cabaret” reminded me of the supper clubs where my Dad used to play in the 50’s; he was the drummer in his own band.



Marilyn Oliver – September 2012

Marilyn may be contacted at 250-426-8746 or by email


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