About Marilee Campbell PSA, KA, APOW

Marilee Campbell

It is a particular challenge to take a large gear of pastels out to the field. It requires a good deal of physical stamina and determination, as well as a deep passion for the work. An artist learns important things by painting on location that cannot be learned in other ways. It brings a liberating sense of freedom and insight that carries over to the studio.

When working outdoors, I see musical rhythm, as well as drama and theater, in landscape. As sunlight breaks through the clouds it becomes a wonderful, warm spotlight, moving silently across a stage. I love being there! It has been a spiritual experience for me; one that I value highly for the personal growth it has brought into my life.

Being raised in Utah where the landscape is such an important presence in a person's life, it is natural to have a built-in sense of urgency to capture what is left of the natural beauty surrounding us.

Art fulfills a variety of important roles in society, but painting is, for me, an act of love. In spite of much strife in the world today, I see "peace and joy" in life and hope to have that felt in my work.

Signature Memberships

  • Pastel Society of America, Knickerbocker Artists, New York/USA

Awards

  • Pastel Society of America's major award, "The Giffuni Brother's Award for Exceptional Merit"
  • "Jurors Choice" Award in the annual April Salon
  • Springville Museum of Art (twice)
  • Purchase awards

Regional and National Exhibits

  • Springville Museum of Art's major exhibit, "One Hundred and Fifty Years of Utah Art," a survey of notable Utah artists from pioneer times to the present, in association with the Cultural Olympiad Arts (Olympics).
  • Selected as one of Utah's "100 Most Honored Artists," for being the "groundbreaking pastellist in the state."
  • L.D.S. Museum of History and Art Biennial (three times)
  • Guest Artist in The Plein Air Painters of America annual exhibit (two years)
  • Knickerbocker Artists 45th International Exhibit
  • The International Association of Pastel Societies, "Third Biennial Exhibit"
  • Pastel Society of the West Coast

Books

  • "Best of Pastel" and "Best of Pastel 2," Rockport Publishers
  • "Utah Painting and Sculpture," Gibbs Smith Publishing
  • "Utah Artists"
  • Various museum catalogues
  • Work shown in artists' magazines, including Pastel Journal and Pastel Artist International