Congratulations Marilyn!

 —  September 9, 2016 — 1 Comment

Portrait of superstar earns ribbons for Richmond artist

Marilyn Forlow earned a Best in Show ribbon at this year’s Missouri State Fair for her portrait of country singer Willie Nelson. She painted it on a tile that cost a dollar and framed it with a frame that cost five. (Photo by Sara Seidel/Richmond News)

Marilyn Forlow earned a Best in Show ribbon at this year’s Missouri State Fair for her portrait of country singer Willie Nelson. She painted it on a tile that cost a dollar and framed it with a frame that cost five. (Photo by Sara Seidel/Richmond News)

Willie would like it.

The judge did.

“It” is Marilyn Forlow’s portrait of Willie Nelson, country music superstar, rendered in glaze on a porcelain tile. It earned Marilyn not only a blue ribbon in the portrait category but also a purple ribbon for Best in Show at this year’s Missouri State Fair.

Yep. Willie would like it.

But don’t call the portrait “it.” Marilyn, who’s been painting for more than 50 years but painting on porcelain for just 10 years or so, refers to the framed portrait as “him.”

“He’s absolutely the best thing I’ve ever done by myself,” Marilyn said, noting that teachers often tweak an uncooperative spot on a painting for a student artist. “I’m so proud of him.”

Marilyn says two people helped her to decide to paint Willie.

The complete story is in the Friday, Sept. 9, 2016 Richmond News.

Portrait Earns Purple

One response to Congratulations Marilyn!

  1. I love Willie his music and books

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