Mimi Wirth, also known as Marilyn, was born in Albany, CA and began painting in oils at the age of nine. She earned her BFA degree from the San Francisco Art Institute. Her illustrious and successful career as an artist includes commercial art as well as art education. She has taught art on all educational levels; special invitational classes for children, high school levels and numerous workshops for adults in watercolor, stained glass and oil painting. As a young graduate, she was invited to teach etching as a good will ambassador in Japan. Mimi’s talent has been recognized by many awards including Southern California Teacher of the Year and Los Angeles County Teacher of the Year. She was also state finalist for California Teacher of the Year. Her varied career has also encompassed commercial illustration and package design including work for Pink Panther, Popeye and Elvis Presley Products.
Mimi has studied with the talents of Anne Manry Kenyon, Gregg Kreutz, Frederick Grue, Jan Saether, David Leffel, and Howard Terpning. Her special training in old master’s painting techniques, use of the Maroger medium and impressionistic approach to her oil paintings is expressed in rich colors, fine realism and a varied distinct style.
This oil painting interpretation and concentrated skill is truly unique. Each painting is expressed by her sensitivity to the subject matter. Each item that is painted is an expression of beauty, from the scuffed and worn boots to the worn collar and cuffs of the military jacket. Each rendered with its own uniqueness and sensitive statement. Her talents have been widely acclaimed and her work can be found in many private and corporate collections around the world.