Marlen Waters is the River Gallery’s Featured Artist for April 2015.
Marlen states “I enjoy color—and lots of it—the energy that the paint has when it is applied to paper or canvas. Using latex, inks, and acrylics I let the paint tell me what the painting is to become. I also do a combination of calligraphic lettering worked into colorful abstract compositions. As a small child, I loved tracing letters from the covers of magazines, changing them, embellishing them and marveling at how their parts fit together. This fascination with letters, shapes, and colors lead into combining my love of color and painting with letters and letter forms. Combining them has given me a chance to touch people who seem to enjoy the inspirational sayings and the play of color and shape. A favorite teacher has always said that art is in the process, not in the product. I believe that in my heart but I like to expand on it. The process is my art—that is what is within me, and the product is what reaches others—to touch their hearts and souls.”
Born and raised in Homer, Louisiana, Marlen Waters graduated from Louisiana Tech University with an M.S. in Medical Technology and an M.B.A. in Marketing. She continued her education studying art and calligraphy at Louisiana Tech University, University of Pennsylvania, Chicago College of Art, St. Johns University, and with various master calligraphers and artists.
She is a board member of the North Central Louisiana Arts Council, a charter member of the Piney Hills Art Gallery, a roster artist and a member of the Shreveport Regional Arts Council, and she was a Louisiana Division of the Arts roster artist. Marlen is a member of the River Gallery in West Monroe, Lincoln Parish Museum, and Beta Sigma Phi. Marlen has been on the Louisiana Peach Festival Steering Committee for twelve years and will be chairing the Arts and Crafts Show again this year. She has been the Coordinator of Volunteers, chaired the Gospel and Family Day and has been in charge of the Peach Festival T-shirts and merchandise. She has had two of her designs selected for the PeachFestival poster and three of her designs have been selected for the t-shirts. One of her Peach Festival posters is currently being used in the HBO television show “True Blood”.
Her designs have also been chosen for the Louisiana Watermelon Festival posters. Her art has been accepted into numerous juried shows, and she has had several solo and shared shows in the region. She was the Executive Director of the Dixie Center for the Arts in Ruston from the time it opened in January 2006 through 2011. Presently, she is a contributing writer and photographer for Bayou Life Magazine. She is a free-lance calligrapher, graphic designer and artist, and has taught art and calligraphy classes privately and with Louisiana Tech University and Grambling State University Continuing Education. Marlen is married to Roy Waters; they live in Ruston, Louisiana and have three children. They attend Trinity United Methodist Church. Her artwork can be viewed on her