We all know who Marilyn Monroe is. Sex symbol of the 1950s, the actress who coined the term of a “dumb blonde,” playing silly women. We got used to the pictures of her smiling face and beautiful platinum blond hair. Glamour aside, I always wished to know her as a person. She reinvented herself completely by changing her name, looks and goals.

I believe her inner life was as complex as a roaring ocean. The ocean filled with anxiety and sadness. Marilyn didn’t know her father. She was abandoned by a schizophrenic mother, living in foster homes much of her childhood. To avoid getting to yet another “home” she quickly married a man down the street to claim her freedom at the age of 16. She began a career in modeling and made a decision to persevere as an actress in Hollywood. Marilyn went through a complete image transformation to become this sexual symbol everyone wanted around her, yet she remained the abandoned child no one really cared for on the inside…

In this surreal painting I take the “outside” beauty of Marilyn to paint her inner life. Filled with water, her cage of emotions has a single boat riding in the waves. If you look up close in the sand under the crashing wave, you’ll see three blurred figures holding hands. It’s the family  the actress always missed not having.

Painting specifications:

  • 16×20 inches
  • original oil painting on archival board
  • painted with the lightfast oil paints, varnished
  • price includes framing shown in the pictures
  • a certificate of authenticity guarantees the provenance

Delivery time & shipping:

  • The artwork ships within a week after receiving payment in full.
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Painting the role models to inspire women to discover, pursue & enjoy their calling in life

Bring home Marilyn by Veronica Winters, an original oil painting

Additional information

Weight 5 lbs
Dimensions 25 x 19 x 2 in


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