Marilyn Kirby Jones was born in Live Oak and graduated in 1967, from the Suwannee District school system, prior to graduating from the University of Florida, with a master’s degree in Early Childhood Education in 1972. Most of her career was in
, where she served as principal of Polk County and then Bartow Elementary. She and her
husband, Richard, moved back home to Lake Shipp , in 2003, where she completed the last
three and one-half years of her 35 years in education as principal of Suwannee County . Suwannee Primary School
Throughout her career in education, she dabbled in crafts and decorative painting and began exploring the fine arts as she neared retirement in 2006. As a latecomer to the field of fine arts, retirement has allowed her the time to expand exploring of the world of fine arts by taking oil classes in florals and landscapes with Gloria Perkins and Karen Lostracco Austin; portrait painting in oils with Valerie Stewart and Linda McDonald; and colored pencil instruction with Jeffrey Smart Baisden. She also enjoys her weekly sessions with other local color pencil artists as well as life drawing at Cathy Willson’s home.
Her main passion is portrait painting, followed by landscapes and florals. The challenge of continuous improvement in capturing the spirit and expression of her subject interests her greatly. She finds joy in the pursuit and challenge of ongoing learning in many areas of media including pencil, colored pencil, oil painting, acrylics and stained glass. She is looking forward to exploring pastels and watercolor pencils in the near future.