Marilyn Davis Cullen (b. Akron, Ohio) grew up in Washington D.C. where she had vast opportunities to pursue her interest in impressionist art. Marriage and raising a family put off her dream of painting for a time. She continued her artistic interest when she moved to California in 1975. When retirement was near, after over 20 years of Congressional and judicial services, she enrolled in classes at the College of Marin, Skyline College, and San Francisco City College. She has also studied privately with William Reese, Chester Arnold, Paul Bridenbaugh, Pam Glover, Stanley Goldstein, Mel Adamson, Randall Sexton, Stefan Bauman, and Patrick Korsh.

Marilyn is a plein air oil painter of landscapes portraying her impressions of beauty and life with an expressive use of color using the canvas as her medium. She prefers painting in the early mornings and late afternoons when the shadows cast interesting patterns and color is intensified. She usually paints in Marin and Sonoma Counties but has also painted in Mexico, Europe and Asia. Larger paintings are done in her studio after preliminary on-site sketches and photographs.

Marilyn has discovered a new artist endeavor in Watercolors and is enjoying this new media with exciting results.