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Marilyn Kinsella is a world-famous artist and resident at Origin in Canmore, Alberta. She also owns an art gallery in Canmore and has made a name for herself in watercolour landscape paintings that depict the spectacular Rocky Mountains. Her enthusiastic collectors of her work are from all around the globe, including in Eastern Europe, Hong Kong, and Australia. The gallery, which is run by her son, also brings requests for Marilyn’s artwork.
“Providing isn’t difficult for me because I love to paint. I love what I do,” she says.
As one of the original residents at Origin, Marilyn remembers attending a sales presentation for the community before anyone had moved in yet. Around this time, her daughter, who had lived with her for eight years after Marilyn’s husband had passed away, was planning a move to start her own family in California. And in her transition to Origin, it was the little things that stood out to Marilyn as what eased the stresses of change.
“I was really impressed with the staff learning our names really fast,” she says. “Everybody seemed to know everybody. A lot of people knew me because of my art business, so I felt very welcomed.”
A truly skilled and passionate artist, Marilyn is often found working in the Art & Crafts Studio at Origin.
“I love the studio room,” says Marilyn. “There’s lots of space for me to paint and I’ve got my desk down there. It’s very comfortable.”
She notices the curious passersby when she is working in the Studio. But don’t worry, she is happy to have onlookers.
“I don’t mind at all, I like it,” she says. “Over the years, I was often painting in public, so I’m used to it, and it strokes my ego a little bit.”
If there is anyone to be inspired by, it’s Marilyn Kinsella. At Origin at Spring Creek, Marilyn’s life as a prolific and skilled artist continues to thrive.
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