PHL Independence Hall
PHL Historic Houses
PHL Love Park
PHL The Barnes
PHL Temple U
PHL 30th St Station
PHL Logan Circle
INTL New York Central Park
INTL London Landmarks
INTL Pyramide du Louvre, Paris
INTL Paris Café Apres Midi
INTL Rome Arch Constantine
INTL Rome View of Vatican
INTL Amsterdam
INTL France Castle
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Still Life #1
Still Life #2
Still Life #3
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 Bird Games 14
 Bird Games 15
Bird Games 28
Ink Bird Card Set 1
Ink Birds Card Set 2
Mad Cats 5
Mad Cats 3
Mad Cats 22
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FLEURS Peonies
FLEURS Bouquet Vase
FLEURS Tiger Lilies
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Rockefeller Center, NYC, ink on paper
Parliament London, ink on paper
Paris, ink on paper
Wanamakers Organ, ink on paper
PAFA, ink on paper
Chinatown, ink on paper
City Hall, ink on paper
Reading Terminal, ink on paper
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Member Portfolio

Marilyn MacGregor

Philadelphia, PA


Artist Statement

My work begins and ends with drawing, no matter the medium, surface or technique. For me drawing a kind of dance in which each step opens up new possibilities and allows the ordinary to be seen in a new way. I use line and color in a free, fresh, loose style honed by many years of practice and observation. My surface of choice is paper, for original works and fine quality art prints. I work in series, in order to continue and develop ideas and visual explorations.
Original series include Ink Birds, Mad Cats, Pots, Bottles and Jars (Still Life), and two on-going series of urban/landscape scenes created from my sketchbook drawings.
Philadelphia: Famous Sites and Favorite Places is a tribute to my adopted City of Philadelphia. Each scene begins with an on-site drawing done with pen in my sketchbook. The choice of sites is a combination of appeal to my eye and a broader interest in places that are meaningful to and beloved of Philadelphians.
My International Series, from the hundreds of travel sketchbooks I’ve accumulated over a life of living and traveling in interesting places, is created with the same technique: a base of spontaneous, on-site line drawing on paper with colorful digital painting. “International’ means anything and everything beyond Philadelphia, including London, Paris, and New York City.
The loose, sketchy, spontaneous freedom of my line is the result of many years of drawing life as I find it around me, especially in my travels and in various places where I’ve lived, including Paris, California and New York. For the Philadelphia scenes and for my International Series featuring cities and places around the world I scan drawings done on site in my sketchbooks and compose the final work with digital painting, allowing the line to remain central and free within a colorful graphic design.

Artist Biography

Marilyn MacGregor is a fine artist, illustrator, and graphic designer with an extensive record of exhibitions and a popular series of colorful prints and cards. She uses her many sketchbooks from life and travel in the US and in Europe to create much of her illustration and graphic design work, including her Philadelphia series, her International Series of travel scenes, and colorful flowers, animals and birds. She exhibits her work in Europe and the US, and offers work for purchase on her website and other quality sites. She lives and works in Wilmington DE USA and in a small town in the Loire Valley, France.


Hollins University, Roanoke, Virginia
Master of Arts in Childrens’ Literature
Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY
Bachelor of Fine Arts


ArtSmartTalk Blog
MacGregor, Marilyn, “Heroic Drawing” INDA 6, Manifest Press, 2012
MacGregor, Marilyn, “The Wonder of Winterthur,” Philadelphia Style Magazine, October 10, 2011
MacGregor, Marilyn, “Drawing as Dance” INDA 4, Manifest Press, 2012
MacGregor, Marilyn, “Anne Andrée Carron: The Tree of Life,” Ceramics Monthly, June/July/August 2004
MacGregor, Marilyn, “The Art of MysteriesMystery Readers’ Journal, Volume 21, No. 1, Spring 2005

Children’s Literature
Fitzgerald, Rick and Marilyn MacGregor (Illustrator), Helen and the Great Quiet, Morrow Junior Books, 1989
MacGregor, Marilyn, On Top, Morrow Junior Books, 1988
MacGregor, Marilyn, Helen the Hungry Bear, Four Winds Press, 1987
Noel and His Friends, TBW Books
MacGregor, Marilyn, Baby Takes a Trip, Four Winds Press, 1985
MacGregor, Marilyn, Benny Brown Bear’s Circus, Scholastic, 1983
Golden Gelman, Rita, Susan Kovacs Buxbaum, and Marilyn MacGregor, Boats That Float, Franklin Watts, 1981
Proudfoot, Alice-Boyd and Marilyn MacGregor (Illustrator), The Animals go to the Supermarket, Crane Russak, 1977
Christian, Hans and Marilyn MacGregor, Little Angel Books: The Jumping Contest, Saint Rigobert’s Dinner, The Disappointed Bear, The Angelica Press, 1975

Professional Experience

2012 – present
Custom Art Tours,
2009 – present
Contributor, Broad Street Review, Philadelphia, PA
2000 – 2013
Adjunct professor, Pennoni Honors College, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA


Domaine de Rocheville, Parnay, France
Critters, Artless Bastard Gallery, De Pere, WI
2014 - 2018
Reading Terminal Market, Philadelphia, PA
Marilyn MacGregor, Urban Jungle, Philadelphia, PA
Marilyn MacGregor: Lines and Places, Old City Publishing, Philadelphia, PA
Bluestone Fine Art Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
East Passyunk Neighborhood Art Show, Philadelphia, PA
The Art of the Flower, Philadelphia Sketch Club, Philadelphia, PA
East Passyunk Neighborhood Art Show, Philadelphia, PA
Paperworks Invitational, Trenton Art Museum, Trenton, NJ
2011 – 2012
The Decorated Book, The Philadelphia Athenaeum, Philadelphia, PA
Featured Book, Minnesota Center for Book Arts, Minneapolis, MN
Book, Paper, Scissors, Philadelphia Center for the Book, Free Library, Philadelphia, PA
2nd Floor Front Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Small Oils Philadelphia Sketch Club, Philadelphia, PA
Something French Art in City Hall, Philadelphia, PA
LOVE B Square Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Works on Paper, Philadelphia Sketch Club, Philadelphia, PA
Book, Paper, Scissors, Philadelphia Center for the Book, Free Library, Philadelphia, PA
837 League Street Group Show, Philadelphia, PA
Insect Invitational, B Square Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
The Art of the Flower, Philadelphia Sketch Club, Philadelphia, PA
Works on Paper 2010, Philadelphia Sketch Club, Philadelphia, PA

Crossing the Line, ArtWorks Downtown, San Rafael, CA
Keter Associates, Berkeley, CA
Berkeley Artisans Open Studios, Berkeley, CA
Alvarado Artists at the Rockridge Library, Oakland, CA
Pro Arts Open Studios
Artists/Friends – Dialogues, City College of San Francisco, CA
Alvarado Artists at Giorgio Gallery, Berkeley, CA
Strong Ties, Diverse Connections, Downtown Art Center, San Rafael, CA
Alvarado Artists Founding Exhibition, Berkeley, CA
Faculty Exhibition, Bentley School, Lafayette, CA
Banaker Gallery, San Francisco CA
Fine Woodworking, Sausalito, CA
Marin County Civic Center, San Rafael, CA
Fairfax Public Library, Fairfax, CA
Saint John the Divine, New York, NY
Saint Peter’s Church, New York, NY
Saint Edwards School, Oxford, England
The Leys School, Cambridge, England
New Art Forms, Banaker Gallery at the Navy Pier, Chicago, IL
Faculty Exhibition, College of Marin, Kentfield, CA
Year of the American Craft, Syntex Corporation, Palo Alto, CA
Inspired by Nature, California Contemporary Crafts Council, Corte Madera, CA
Animals and Us, Artisans Gallery, Mill Valley, CA
In the Landscape, Claudia Chapline Gallery, Stinson Beach, CA
California Design, Baulines Craft Guild, San Francisco, CA
Small Works California Museum of Art, Santa Rosa, CA
Artists from the Erika Meyerovich Gallery, Governor’s Office, San Francisco, CA
The Erika Meyerovich Gallery, San Francisco, CA
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