Marilyn Charlotte is a native Floridian. She grew up in West Palm Beach and now lives in Sarasota. Marilyn studied Theater/Creative Writing at Columbia College, Columbia S.C., and has pursued related career paths in motion picture production, advertising/public relations, graphic design and arts management in Orlando, Jacksonville and Lakeland. Most recently, she worked for the Manatee Chamber of Commerce as Communications Director and was instrumental in creating the Current magazine for the Chamber. Ms. Charlotte has studied art with noted artists Mun Quan, Charles Reid and Douglas Teller; portraiture with Courtenay Hunt, Janet Rodgers and Gary Gessford and other art classes/workshops with Ringling School of Art and Design, Jacksonville Art Museum, Polk Museum of Art, Polk Community College. Marilyn has won numerous awards for her watercolor and acrylic paintings and has paintings in private and corporate collections throughout the US and abroad. Marilyn taught private art classes in Jacksonville and in Lakeland and was an exhibiting member of the San Jose Gallery Artist Cooperative in Jacksonville, Imperial Art Gallery in the Antiques District of Lakeland and Marina's Art Gallery in Bradenton's Village of the Arts. She has served on Florida Arts Council Advisory Panels and as President of Arts on the Park in Lakeland and on the Board of the Imperial Symphony Orchestra. She presently works as a fine artist in her Sarasota studio. Marilyn is a member of the Florida Watercolor Society and a board member of Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society.