Arizona based fine art painter, Marlene Wellard, has shown across the United States. She has shown in Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Alabama, South Carolina and North Carolina. Her whimsical style blends the surreal with metaphor and emotion. She has a love of dance, poetry, and color that combine to create imaginative compositions full of depth and meaning. Her inspiration derives from her religious faith, memories from childhood, and her love for exploring the world.
Marlene received a degree in Fine Art from Brigham Young University in Provo, UT. She taught art in Gilbert, AZ for the Learning Foundation and Performing Arts Charter School for four years and currently teaches private art lessons in Fort Bragg, NC. She is proud to come from a family of artists and in 2016 participated in a three generation art show in New Mexico. In addition to selling her work and participating in many art shows she has also found it important to enrich the arts in her community. She played an important part in establishing the Gilbert Art Walk in Gilbert, AZ. She has created murals for public spaces in Orem, UT, Gilbert, AZ, and Chandler, AZ. She has also donated work to the Learning Foundation Charter School.
She has received many awards and honors in her career. In 1999 she was a features artist at the New Mexico State Capitol in Austin, TX. In 2012 she was a finalist in the LDS Church Art Competition. In 2013 she won the Poster Award at the Shemer Art Center Making Connections: Water and Life in a Desert City show and in 2017 she won the Viewers Choice Award at the Fayetteville Arts Council Public Works show. She has also been featured in such publications as AZCentral.com, San Tan News, and The Arizona Republic.