Rio Samba


Marilee Rogers  415-300-6042

Watercolor painting came to me late in life. I taught social studies, art history, and basic design at Redwood High School for 32 years, never pursuing my personal interests until retirement in 2001. After several years of watercolor classes with Marty Meade at College of Marin, I began to study with a group of talented women under the guidance of Cara Brown, a well-recognized watercolor artist in the Bay Area. We are now known as the “Magnolias.” Through her encouragement and critical eye, I have progressed in my skills and have had paintings accepted into the Marin County Fair, participated in group shows at the Marin Civic Center, exhibited with the Marin Watercolor Society, exhibited paintings in local businesses and retirement homes, and had a solo exhibit at Creekside Pizza & Taproom in San Anselmo.

I’m drawn to color, whimsy, and for some reason, more and more complicated subject matter. I love the challenge of details and layers of intrigue. Each painting takes me in a new direction and helped to ground me during the long Covid lockdown.