Artist Statement



Marilyn Lindemann



Painting offers the opportunity to present the beauty of God’s creation as I have seen it many times from a tent with a view.   The idea of setting up a tent brings to life in me the essence of adventure.  Tent camping is not for everyone & that is just fine, we all experience nature’s beauty in different ways.


From a 2-month camping trip to experience the road to, from, and in the remote beauty of the Alaskan wilderness to a tented camp in Kenya or canoe trip locally,  the spirit of adventure taken into the wilderness awakens the senses to many awarenesses-particularly those visual for me.  But as I view my work, I can recall the breeze & its whisperings flowing through the pine boughs. 


As  grad student, I have tent camped traveling to sites via tour bus as we learned & about the biology, geology, & history of the U.S. including Native American & Civil War studies which also inspire my work.  I may recall the beat of the drum painting one of the expressive cultures our world is blessed                                     with.  I hope the viewer is also moved.  Observations stick in my head, but there are numerous photos which I can use to manipulate the composition on my canvas for the perfect view.


I become interested in something & explore many opportunities in that subject matter until I feel I have exhausted that topic only to, perhaps, revisit it at a later date.  This results in ‘Series’ of work, each painting unique & yet related. I may have a personal stake in the effort.  My “Portage Series” , for instance, was inspired from a canoe trip on the Pigeon River in Manitoba, Canada.  Dropped off by a float plane, we encountered Fur Trader Era history.  Further research upon our return, yielded the tent & painting of the campsites along the river as I imagined his journey mingled with images from my own.


Before the development on canvas, a thumbnail sketch emerges, which may be simply on a scrap of paper.  The idea is expanded on a larger scale, various photos are researched &  blended until I feel the composition leads the viewer on a tour into & around the painting.  


Conveying the light play in shadow or mist on the early morning water, the sunlit grass peeking above shadow, vibrant color of early Autumn with its reds & greens, or the complicated beadwork of moccasin or headdress shimmering in firelight holds me captive.  Its fascinating to watch this unfold on canvas.  From blank canvas & first brushstroke to awkward stage &, finally the long anticipated completion, it is a labor of love.


 I relate to an artist’s observation that a painting changes continually as an artist works & changes after it is completed by the perception of the viewer.  How appropriate that the viewer should bring their own experience into the image! 




A Tent with a View: Marilyn Lindemann Moments in the wilderness elicit a variety of reactions in people. Some people seem to thrive in beautiful, wild places seeing the touch of God’s hand on the bold terrain, but even more so in the subtle color and profusion of lichen, a rainbow of rocks in a stream, or the persistence of a mountaintop marmot curious about what’s for lunch. To live on the edge, not being the top predator in the food chain. This has certainly been the case for artist Marilyn Lindemann, who hopes her art re-establishes the memories and bond with nature for those who have been there, but brings a bit of the experience of wild beauty to those who may not travel the trail with ‘reservations’ in a tent.

Lindemann’s story begins on a western Wisconsin family dairy farm, a small and dying breed in today’s dairy industry. “There is something very special about a family all working together for the same purpose, ” and, she says also bringing about a very strong work ethic for the future. Spring plowing would not only evoke the antics of a snipe trying to diffuse detection of a nest, but occasionally yield a precious arrowhead, the beginning of interest in native cultures for Lindemann. The family was later to discover that there was a Native American burial site on their land. Lindemann’s father later became very interested in artifact hunting on his land on which the family found two rare Catlinite pipes on a Father’s Day excursion igniting further interest in the culture which would emerge in later paintings.

You would think that art was not a valuable asset on a dairy farm. Lindemann began drawing at a young age. Horses were a favorite to draw, with people being a close second. This talent was praised and encouraged by Lindemann’s parents, George & Lenore Filler,  with her mother archiving her growing artistic efforts. Formative education introduced media beyond graphite and a painter was born. Her University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse Professor Daniel Devitt, encouraged her strong use of color in backgrounds and figure painting on a very large scale.

Lindemann is fearless today in areas of color and scale. “A tent with a view is always in the back of my mind when painting landscapes.” Lindemann says, after having had the experience of a two-month trip to Alaska and back. Camping the entire time with her husband, an avid outdoorsman, who presented the idea of the trip not realizing that Alaska was the dream trip of a lifetime for Lindemann. “Paul is a loving, supportive, and helpful influence in my life and my painting. Its a very time consuming effort to see a painting to fruition. He encourages, critiques, and awaits the finished piece to share with others and I am deeply grateful that God has put him in my life.”

But there have been other camping trips, canoeing wild and scenic rivers in the U. S. and Canada, tented camps in Kenya and, “The idea of setting up a tent has that aura of adventure.”, Lindemann says. Graduate studies on a bus, camping along the way, studying & teaching biology, geology, and history of the U.S. cemented the interest in native cultures and more fodder for paintings. Vibrant color, shade to light, soft tones of mist all are exciting to see come to life on canvas. “Although my technique has stayed the same, my interests are too varied for the subjects to stay the same. I may be a bit bolder with color-you be the judge.”

Bold color is certainly apparent in Lindemann’s “Culture Series” in which she vibrantly celebrates noble and expressive people groups. Fascinated by the way Philip Pearlstein brings grey to a flesh tone with single stroke of orange, Monet’s lively pursuit of light, and Andrew Wyeth’s textures; Lindemann leans toward her own brand of realism, rich and colorful. Lindemann, now living in southeastern Wisconsin, has exhibited in regional galleries, been juried into the prestigious Door County Hardy Gallery Annual Juried Exhibition several times and was the winner of the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation Painting of the Year-2015.

As a teacher of adults and children, she sees spontaneity & pure joy as the rewards of youthful creativity and with adult students, she enjoys the enthusiasm and artistic growth as painting gives them new vision of the world around them. “Painting is easy when you don’t know how, but very difficult when you do.”: Edgar Degas. The quote comes to her mind when teaching because of the numerous disciplines that come into effect when you paint, as well as the intellectual and instinctual knowledge of when a piece is finished!

Lindemann’s outdoor pursuits have led to encouraging outdoor interests with youth through recreation programs where she, a NASP/NAA certified archery instructor, has taught archery for 10 years, and to adults at the Whittington Center near Raton, New Mexico for the NRA’s Women’s Wilderness Pursuit I, II, III, as well a group leader for various hiking, canoeing fishing, horse riding/rustic camping trips through western Wisconsin & Michigan offered by the recreation department.

Lindemann’s love of the outdoors allows her to present the breath taking beauty of God’s creation in all its colorful seasons, moods, and varied cultures in her paintings inspired by a tent with a view.

Marilyn Lindemann

Represented by: Xanadu Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ




Marilyn Lindemann



B.S. Art-UW-La Crosse

Viterbo University-graduate studies

Moraine Park Technical Institute




West Bend Schools 

Holy Trinity/CCLT Catholic Schools

Adult Painting Classes

West Bend Park & Recreation:

Adventure Specialist



Rivers Run Wild Gallery-La Crosse,  WI

Hardy Gallery-Ephraim, WI

Paintbox Gallery, Ephraim, WI

Art & Craft Fair- Washington County Fair Park-West Bend, WI

River Walk Art Fair- West Bend, WI 

Holy Hill Art Fair, Richfield, WI

Xanadu Gallery-Scottsdale, AZ 



Wisconsin Wildlife Federation Painting-Finalist, ‘07 - ’15

Wisconsin Duck Stamp Contest

Wisconsin Turkey Stamp Contest



Recipient AAUW art Scholarship

Wisconsin Wildlife Federation 

Painting of the Year 2015



Museum of Wisconsin Art




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Col. & Mrs. Ira Perkins

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Jerry & Susan Herman

Edward & Lonnie Casey

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Diane & Mark Fechter

Donna Russart

Robert Hottenstein

Hugh & Macala Hale

Donald Rhody 

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Eric & Terry Christie

Barbara & Michael Payne

Sandy & Harry Collar

LeRoy Ciscon

Vivian King

David & Sarah Jostad

Hazel Goddard

Guenter Breuer

Nathan M. Roberts, PH.D

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