Meeting the Artist: Marilynn Dean Cleveland
“My art is a way for me to release my feelings from within, that frees my spirit to express words that can’t be spoken.”
My Soul Doesn’t Cast a Shadow tells Cleveland’s stories through color, lines, tones, and textures.
Cleveland is a unique artist. Learn about who she is as an artist and person below.
- Cleveland’s art represents her personal history and presence. Resisting formal boundaries, she paints with a free spirit and her “true” self.
- Cleveland is a local Urbana resident who was born in Louisiana and raised in Wisconsin. She moved to Rantoul in 1966 after a tour of duty in Germany.
- Her twin sister passed shortly after birth, and Cleveland often says, “God has blessed me with my sister’s talents along with my own.”
- Creating without bounds, she has painted 1759 pieces of art on a variety of mediums: canvas, wood, glass, plastic, rocks, bottle caps, and popcorn included.
- Cleveland also enjoys writing short stories, poems, prose, and plays. She has begun her fourth book, The International Spirit.
- Hobbies including fishing, bowling, making special cards, sewing, and cooking keep Cleveland busy outside of her art. Her savory gumbo and Cajun dishes are highly requested.