From Marlin’s earliest memories, art has always played a role in his life. His father was a commercial artist as well as a stock horse trainer. He grew up with cowboys, horses, billboard layouts, type books, paint and brushes, and most importantly encouragement. These beginnings additionally instilled an interest in fine art, art history and a passion for the American West. When thinking of the artists that he has most admired, they all had one common thread; they created dramatic impact in their works through a profound understanding of light. Therefore, like his artistic heroes, his images are primarily concerned with the various qualities of light and shadow. The transparent aspect of watercolor particularly suits his purposes.
Marlin has won multiple awards for his outstanding artwork. “Master Painter of the World”in International Artist Magazine, “Best in Show” in Transparent Watercolor Society of America (Kenosha, WI), “Best in Show” in Watercolor USA (Springfield, MO) “Best in Show” in Aqueous USA (Louisville, KY) “Best in Show” in Western Spirit Exhibition (Cheyenne, WY) “Best in Show” in Celebration of Western Art, Grand National Rodeo (San Francisco, CA) “Best in Show” in Great Eight Exhibition (Wichita Art Museum, KS) “Best in Show” in Art in the Woods all-media competition (Kansas City, MO) Cheyenne Frontier Days Museum Purchase Award-2017, Steel Dust Award 2017, America’s Horse in Art, American Quarter Horse Museum (Amarillo, TX), “Gold Medal in Aquamedia”, Bosque Art Classic (Clifton, TX), Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo 2014 official poster (Cheyenne, WY)
His work has been on exhibit with fine art shows around the country; Cheyenne Frontier Days Invitational Western Art Exhibition and Sale- Cheyenne, WY, Hold Your Horses Exhibition and Sale, Prescott, AZ, America’s Horse in Art Exhibition and Sale, Amarillo, TX, Bosque Classic Art Show, Clifton, TX, Small Works Great Wonders Art Exhibition and Sale, Oklahoma City, OK, Mountain Oyster Western Art Show and Sal, Tucson, AZ. Marlin’s work is represented by Sorrel Sky Gallery in Santa Fe, NM and Trailside Gallery in Scottsdale, AZ.