Marilyn Oram HS

I studied art at GCE A Level, and for a further year as part of a BEd degree course. After that year I decided teaching wasn’t for me, and opted instead for a career in librarianship. Although I continued to draw and paint occasionally, almost all my spare time became dedicated to voluntary animal rescue work.

However, everything changed about four years ago. I have had Multiple Sclerosis (MS) since the age of twenty-three, and after more than forty years of being fairly manageable it began to accelerate, and I was becoming increasingly disabled, and unable to do so many things. I had always been fascinated by small scale artwork, and decided to join the Hilliard Society because I needed a new purpose, a challenge, something to aim for. The Society has given me that, and I am incredibly grateful.


Fender
2" x 2"

I joined the Hilliard Society in 2014, exhibiting the following year and every year since. In 2017 I was thrilled to be awarded the privilege of using the letters HS after my name.

Proceeds from any sale of my work buys pet food for the Pontypridd and Rhondda food banks, so although I can no longer do hands-on animal rescue I have found a new way to help! I work in watercolour pencil and graphite, and most of my subjects are cats and dogs. There is no shortage of inspiration! In addition to current canine and feline friends, I have a wealth of memories (and photographs).

I have come to this rather late in life, but I love doing it, and hope I’ll be able to continue for quite a few years.

Estelle
2.25in dia

Coco
2.25in dia

Emily
2" x 2"

Agnes
2" x 2"

Franzi
2.25in dia

Crispin
2.25in dia

Fidget
2.25in dia


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