Marion B. Cook
Marion B. Cook (American, b.1933), is an acclaimed visual artist based in Nashville, Tennessee. Marion's career as an artist began at the age of 12 when he studied under Miss Juanita Greene Williams. In 1952, he was awarded a full scholarship to the Memphis Academy of Fine Arts. During his second year at the Academy, he was drafted by the Army to serve in the Korean Conflict. Upon graduating from boot camp, the war had ended, and Marion was then stationed in Paris, France for the next two years. Upon his return to the U.S., he worked as a sign and billboard painter for various Nashville signage companies, and in 1968, decided to pursue art as a full-time career. He has since exhibited nationally and has been commissioned to paint the portraits of bank presidents, doctors, and politicians. However, it is his landscape paintings of Tennessee barns that are his signature work and have won him many accolades as a fine artist.
Marion resides with his wife, Stella, in Goodlettsville, Tennessee. Married since since 1953, they have five children, twelve grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren. He continues to paint every day.
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