I have been an artist practically since the crib, and graduated with a BFA in painting from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. I also have a BA in English and an AA in Fine Art. In addition to these subjects, I have studied web design, graphic design, traditional animation, 3D modeling and animation, photography, interior design, psychology, several foreign languages, a little bit of programming (especially programming for the web)…and more. And I continue to paint. You can see some of my fine artwork here: Marilyn Fenn Studio.
I started creating visual design for the web at IBM in 1994, and began creating complete web sites in 2000, many of which have won awards. I also have over 20 years experience creating technical illustrations, having begun when the standard tools were rapidograph pens on linen, mylar and vellum. I began using a computer as a tool for design and illustration in the early 80’s…and haven’t stopped.
I gained a lot of my experience in design and interactivity working in the Information Design and Development and Ease-of-Use departments at IBM Austin, and after that, in the Marketing department at Austin Regional Clinic.
I have worked in design and illustration positions at the following companies:
- Austin Regional Clinic, Marketing
- IBM Austin
- Stokes Imaging Services
- The School of the Art Institute of Chicago Media Department
- Execucom Corporation
- Rockwell International
- and various smaller enterprises
I began freelancing full-time in 2002. My clients range from individual artists and small businesses to large organizations, companies and government institutions. You can view my client list and the types of projects I have created for them.