Marilyn Black

I was lucky enough to grow up in the ’50s and ’60s when it seemed anything was possible. I started illustrating my stories as a preschooler—my mom wrote the stories as a I dictated them. Art was always a part of my life, but often took a second fiddle to books and reading.

I married my college sweetheart when I was 19; we just celebrated our 50th anniversary. We have two great children as well as a great son-in-law.

I worked as a librarian for Dodge City Public Library and an English and Reading teacher at Dodge City Middle School for many years. I channeled my creativity into teaching arts and crafts for kids: my own, library patrons, camps, Dodge City Middle School students, and through the Carnegie Center for the Arts.

It wasn’t until I neared retirement that I discovered the Art Build classes, which was a godsend. I mostly work in multimedia, incorporating drawing, watercolor, inks, scrapbook paper, old books, ephemera, and zentangles. I love telling stories with my art.

I am so happy and grateful to be part of the Guild.