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Current Associations

Creative Arts League of Sacramento

Guild of

(President from 1993-1995)

Portrait Painters

Art Professionals Worldwide

fine art professionals & collectors

Société des Amis du Louvre

Art Collecting Network

Perez Fine Art

Past Associations

Society of
Portrait Artists


arlotte Art

Art League

Guild of South
Carolina Artists

Artist Guild

Art League of

Marilynn Fairchild/Fairchild Art

Recent Painting

Dance of the Sea-Nettles

Marilynn Sue Fairchild,
loving mother and talented artist
passed away on November 24, 2021 peacefully at the age of 80 years.

She was born on October 24, 1941, in Chicago, Illinois, daughter to the late Virgil and Mabel Fairchild, raised in Charlotte, North Carolina and preceded in death by her brother Richard Fairchild. Marilynn had a strong spirit, but succumbed to a pulmonary condition that quickly progressed.

She is survived by her two daughters Alyssa Michelle Ghirardelli of Sacramento, California and Marina Tiffany Pender of Jacksonville, Florida, grandchildren Robert and Jack Ghirardelli and Sydney Michelle Pender. Marilynn was baptized in the Episcopal Church and shared her spirituality with her first cousin Don Fado, retired pastor of St. Mark's United Methodist Church, Sacramento, CA.

Marilynn attended the University of Texas to pursue a degree in fine art. She married Shaw Exum Pender Jr. at the age of 20 and made her career as an artist using a variety of media through painting, drawing, art prints, design, and sculpture. She went on to win many exhibits and awards, eventually becoming a commissioned portrait artist and supportive teacher of fine art. Her art was exhibited in museums and galleries across the nation and she managed her own small business of Fairchild Art. She persevered as a single mother, after moving back to Charlotte, North Carolina in 1974 where she lived for many years, dedicated to her two daughters and continuing a close relationship with her mother, caring for her until her last days. She was president of the Guild of Charlotte Artists from 1993 to 1994 and in 2002, she began hosting her own public broadcast television show which still runs to this day, "Marilynn Fairchild's Art Insight" recording some 500 episodes over the years to help others appreciate fine art and learn new ways of expressing themselves, as well as healing themselves through the joy of creativity. Marilynn moved to Sacramento, California to be closer to her family in 2017, and became an active member of the Sacramento Fine Arts Center and Creative Art League of Sacramento. She would always speak of the importance of family and her quest for knowledge and beauty was never ending. She could see the beauty in every tree or flower, every person's smile and every culture or landscape. She enjoyed travel, family gatherings and outdoor events. She will be deeply missed by her students, friends, family and all who knew her.

A memorial service is scheduled at Sierra 2 Center Garden Room at 2791 24th St, Sacramento, CA 95818, on December 19, 2021 from 12:00-2:00. Please contact for a live zoom link to attend virtually. In lieu of flowers, please send donations in Marilynn's name to the Sacramento Fine Arts Center at 916-971-3713.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Fairchild family.

Link Below directly to Fairchild Galleries

Graphite & Conté Crayon | Oils | Pastels | Sculpture | WaterMedia | Abstract | Landscape | Portrait | Still Life | The Figure

Marilynn Fairchild will be the Featured Artist
at the Sacramento Fine Arts Center, Monthly Program
Wednesday, January 9th 2019 - from 6 to 8 pm
She will present a program about various aspects of Pastel Painting
"Reflections" (shown at right) is example of Marilynn's pastel work

Marilynn Fairchild has relocated to
Sacramento, California

Her next Class will be
Painting & Drawing with Pastels
January 21, 2019
at Sacramento Fine Arts Center

Marilynn Fairchild
was accepted into the International Juried Show
"Opus Maxim XXIX"
being held at the Sacrament Fine Arts Center with the reception & awards presentation Saturday (March 10, 2018) from 5:30 - 8:30 PM.
"Woman's Plight" (shown at right) is the piece that will be in the show!

COMING UP - Fairchild will Show
at High Hand Art Gallery
from May 4 - June 10 in Gallery II

Sue Anne Foster, Head of the Valley Sculpture Artist Group, stated "Marilynn Fairchild, artist new to Sacramento, finding her way in the local art scene. She will have a show with Ann Ragland and Christopher Max Thompson in May at High Hand Gallery in Loomis."

"Art, Wine & Chocolate"
artist reception
Second Saturday - Feb. 10th, 6-9pm

Live Music | Live Painting | Wine/Chocolate Pairings!

At CK Art Gallery

Image on card is Marilynn Fairchild's
"Sleeping Beauty"

Marilynn Fairchild
"Black Jack"
Sacramento Fine Arts Center
Animal House
It's A Zoo Out There

13th Annual Animal Themed Exhibit
January 3-23, 2018
Sculpture - 3D - 3rd Place

Now is the time to order a Portrait for that
Special Someone!
A Unique Gift that Will Last for Generations!
Contact Marilynn NOW
to commision a portrait for Christmas OR any special event!
TV studio & go on the road to various locations.
Catch Marilynn Fairchild on TV with her show:
Marilynn Fairchild's ART INSIGHT
Find her on Public Access (TV-21)
Weekly on Saturday at 9:00 pm in the greater Charlotte area.
Outside of Charlotte check your local listings for time.

Click here to see complete past program listings

View YouTube Introduction Video

OR    Link to YouTube Page

AND     Now also on VIMEO

Viewer Feed back:     "...I watch you on Saturdays on WATC Channel 46, Atlanta, GA and enjoy watching you very much, especially your portraits. I record your shows and it is not unusual for me to watch a single show 3 times. Keep up the good work and I hope that you will continue your show for a long time.....Best Wishes,

of Georgia

"... I just had surgery for cancer and your show is excellent and it is something that I look forward to and it is just a blessing. ...”

Sylvia of Tennessee

Here in my area, you have just finished Episode 142, which was very interesting and informative.  Thank you - I really enjoyed it and learned a lot from you.  My thanks also to your camera operators. ..."
Link here to continue!

"Woman's Plight" Honorable Mention
“I Am Woman” 2007 Juried Art Competition & Exhibit
• Southern Arts Society
 Kings Mountain, North Carolina • May 2007
Marilynn Fairchild's painting
Woman's Plight won Second Place at the Guild of Charlotte Artists (GCA) Observer Show.
Click here to view Woman's Plight
Marilynn Fairchild made a guest appearance at the Mint Museum of Art for the Guild of Charlotte Artists (GCA).
Marilynn an artist in Charlotte, demonstrated in oil how to paint a California mountain landscape.

Charlotte Observer - Arts & Entertain-
ment article about
Marilynn Fairchild artistic work for the
movie “Juwanna Mann”,

Recent recipient of the Boyce Kendrick Drawing Award

Marilynn Fairchild was asked to write an article for Strathmore Artist eNewsletter about different creative results using a variety of Strathmore artist papers. It appeared in the Spring 2006 issue and can be view at:
I always love to Hear from my fans!

"Marilynn... You truly do have a gift!!! My daughter is an art teacher in our hometown of Kannapolis (finishing her 24th year of teaching--BLESSSSS her heart)... I've heard state more than once of how hard that it is to do portraits--especially in water colors... Unable to tell which medium that you used for the above portrait, but whatever that you used, the picture is just wonderful!!!"

Cookie Athanaelos
May 2016

I received this lovely email from Jean in Georgia:

"Hello to you Marilynn ... thank you for taking the time to read my email ... I had the honor of talking with you a while back...something I'll not forget any time soon. I just love your show. You are totally awesome !!!!!! .... I will remain captivated by your talent and your graceful charm."

Sincerely, Jean
 (an avid follower and art lover......   :)

Wearable Art
This is my very first official SignatureCollection of Scarves and Women's Tops which has gone public: 

Link to VIDA

Pre-order my designs and VIDA  will make them by hand for you personally.  I am offering an original, signed print to one lucky shopper of the painting they select for the art on their chosen scarf or top in silk &/or cashmere!
A New Workshop coming Soon
heck back with us for a date

Classes Starting Soon in California
'Dog Days' Benefit at Earth Fare

Pastel Quick Sketch

August 9, 2008
Franklin - Pastel Sketch - Dog Days Benefit at Earth Fare
Spock 383
Remember Pet Portraits make wonderful Gifts! Contact Marilynn about doing one of your beloved pet.

Look for Fairchild's discussion of her
"Figure Study Series"
Strathmore's Artist Newsletter
for Spring 2006 on their website
Pieces included in the article are:
Sleeping Beauty, Night Fantasy, Forty Winks, Afterglow &
Carmen in Pink

On-going classes
(Inquire about enrollment Schedule)
Check Classes Page for Details


I am pleased that you have joined me in my virtual studio. You will find here an here an extensive collection of my work, covering a variety of mediums and including Portraits and Sculptural artwork. If you like what you see and would prefer a work of art created personally for you consult the commissions page. Find out how I can produce a work of art that is uniquely yours. On the biographical page you'll learn about the road that I have traveled to meet you. I have many of my pieces in print form. Finally, I would like to get to know you - either through my classes, workshops, demonstrations - or through my contact page. Enjoy your virtual stroll through my gallery!

Marilynn Fairchild

PS. Please check out the wonderful comment from a visitor to my web site regarding the portrait of Ginger Hackman,
"you have captured them (her qualities) in just a few milligrams of graphite".

Marilynn Fairchild is again teaching all forms of art and is now holding a most stimulating series of "NUDE FIGURE STUDY FROM LIFE" classes. She is also doing "PAINTING AND DRAWING" sessions, which motivate and instruct individual students according to their personal needs and interest. In addition Marilynn does 8 week sessions "SPECIAL: PORTRAIT STUDY FROM LIFE" , which are in depth studies of portraiture. Finally she periodically conducts 3 Day Workshops in SCULPTING IN CEMENT. For more information or to register for class, call Marilynn Fairchild, FAIRCHILD ART, at (916) 272-2548 or visit and currently, Marilynn is producing her own weekly television show pertaining to the creation and appreciation of all medias of fine art and titled "Marilynn Fairchild's Art Insight", which is aired at 9:00 PM on Cable TV-21 weekly on Saturday evenings.

Examples of Fairchild Art
Note: To access larger view of art work & information about it, click on any of the images above. A separate window will open. When you have finished viewing the art work, close window and you will return to this page.

Fruits of the Day
Winter Birches
The Promise
(Ecuadorian Folklore