Marilyn Freedman (b.1953, Canada)


For me, creativity is the ability to be aware of our experiences through the integration of our intuition, feelings, thoughts and perceptions, and to respond objectively with the courage to be concerned with the truth, and the faith to trust our powers.”  Marilyn Freedman

I am in the September of my years and have been producing works of art for most of them.  Picasso is one of my biggest influencers because he created works of art that crossed all the visual fields from, drawing, painting, sculpture and pottery.  He was constantly experimenting and evolving as an artist. My practise, too,  includes painting, drawing, sculpture and pottery.  The eternal student that I am is  always experimenting in oils, acrylics, watercolours, and mixed media. I love to work with the 2 dimensional and 3 dimensional,  in partnership, to convey a message that can be seen at the same time. My style is recognized by the use of colour combinations and by the free flowing movement in the work, whether it is figurative, landscape or abstract.

I draw on my extensive background in fashion, theatre, home furnishings and design, to execute work that satisfies my expression of the spirit within.

Significant recurring themes in my work explore the positivity that life can bring.  Concepts of serendipity, miracles, and the Law of Attraction employ much of my work.  The juxtaposition of seemingly innocent materials against emotionally charged concepts helps the viewer experience historical issues within an artistic and possibly more accessible realm.  The sophisticated use of colour, texture and contrast, helps convey the importance, and my hope, that people will see the necessity of peace, compassion, and empathy for each other.

My experience of being a child of Holocaust survivors has been a primary influence in my perception of the world and my expression in my art. During my creative process I focus on uplifting narratives utilizing a variety of materials and mediums. 

You can find some of my work at Arta Gallery, 14 Distillery Lane, Toronto.

President, Willowdale Group of Artists 2022

Member, Community of Art Leaders Association (CALA)

Vice-President, Willowdale Group of Artists 2021-2022


Bachelor of Arts, Visual Arts Major, York University
Diploma, The Art Centre, Central Technical School, 3 yr Post Secondary Programme


2022 – Collages 2022, John B. Aird Gallery – Catalogue: https://airdgallery.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/10/AIRD_Collage-2022_Final.pdf

2022 – I Am Here, Home Movies & Everyday Masterpieces, Art Gallery of Ontario

2021 ongoing – Showing Ceramics and Paintings, Arta Gallery, Distillery District, Toronto, Ontario

2021 – Summer Gala, Art Gala Forum, Arta Gallery, Distillery District, Toronto, Ontario

2016 – Don Valley Art Club Show, Todmorden Mills Heritage Site, Toronto, Ontario

2015 – Life Itself Is A Quotation, Aya’s Artillery & Chancellery, Toronto, Ontario

2015 – Sculptors Society of Canada presents: 20th Annual Juried Graduating Sculpture Student Exhibition, Canadian Sculpture Centre, Toronto, Ontario

2015 – Annual Student and Staff Art Exhibit, Central Tech Art Centre, Toronto, Ontario

2015 – Combinations, Graduating Student Show, Central Tech Art Centre, Toronto, Ontario

2014 –  Annual Student and Staff Art Exhibit,  Central Tech Art Centre, Toronto, Ontario2013/14  Bronze Medallions: The Rodman Hall Art Centre,  Brock University, St. Catherines, Ontario

2013 – Annual Student and Staff Art Exhibit, Central Tech Art Centre, Toronto, Ontario2012       Koffler Centre Annual Student Show

2011 – Koffler Centre Annual Art Show

2008 – Rubies & Gems, Special Projects Gallery, York University

Legal Writing:  A Contemporary Approach, Chapter 4, page 50
LEG, Inc. d/b/a West Academic: 1st ed., 2014
Author: M Sinsheimer; Teresa K Brostoff; Nancy M Burkoff
ISBN-13:  9780314906724