Nova Scotia, Canada
Born in St Catharine’s, Ontario, McAvoy studied at the University of Guelph before
completing her Bachelor of Fine Arts at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design.
For many years, Marilyn’s work was inspired by floral imagery inspired by Dutch Flower
Painting and the cultivation of her own gardens.
In the early 1990’s she began working on film productions. Visual elements found on
discarded scenic staging became a new component in her work. Flower painting and these
collage elements remained a key compositional strategy for many years.
McAvoy’s “Film” work concluded with the position of "stand-by” painter for Jame’s
Cameron’s “Titanic” movie shot in both Nova Scotia and Mexico. During the shoot she had
to recreated the “Famous” paintings featured in the movie and found herself with a cameo
role as the Lab Technician who washes off the drawing of “Rose” found in the safe.
Mexico later became a place of particular importance and inspiration for her work while
living in the famed Artist community of San Miguel de Allende.
McAvoy’s “Figure Painting” was initially informed and fuelled by years of being part of the
Halifax music scene. Visions for this work were created with the construction of a small
studio stage. Here, props, digital projections of music halls and stage lights could be the
backdrop for her “models” who were friends she shared these music times with.
McAvoy’s most recent figure paintings continue to marry figure with projections, but now
each stage is informed by individual stories of identity, strength, resilience.
Marilyn has been the recipient of Canada Council and Nova Scotia Art Grants. A finalist in
the 2003 RBC New Canadian Painting Competition, McAvoy has exhibited in galleries
across Canada and the United States