Marilyn Pride is a well known in Australian Science Fiction society
for her natural history and fantasy illustrations. Her style
can be traced back to her childhood when she wrote and illustrated
stories about sea serpents, bunyips and dinosaurs. Even then,
she was careful to detail not only how they looked, but also
how they lived. It was probably this interest that led her to
study anthropology at Macquarie University in Sydney. However,
despite her qualifications, Marilyn never got to practice.
- As she recalls:
- "I had retreated
from drawing and painting whilst I was at University. When I
discovered the Uni' Science Fiction Club, I began doing black
and white drawings for their 'zine 'TELMAR". This encouraged
me to develop my color paintings, which I painted on boards,
T-shirts and smooth river stones. My painted stones became popular
at science fiction conventions, which led to my first professional
- Apart from numerous fantasy
book covers, she has written and illustrated two non-fiction
books, "Australian Dinosaurs and Their Relatives" and
"More Australian Dinosaurs". Marilyn has won the Australian Science Fiction "Ditmar"
award for Best Artist four times. "Australian Dinosaurs
and Their Relatives" also won the Crichton Award for Best
First Book. With her partner,
Lewis Morley, she has also worked on several Australian Films
including: "Razorback", "Howling 3", "Dark
City" and several TV commercials. The current production
she is working on is "The Matrix" 2 &3, at the
Fox Studios in Sydney. Marilyn
has lived for several years in her dream house a grass
roofed cottage called 'Totoro' (after the Japanese anime wood
spirit) situated in the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney, NSW.
- What is Marilyn's work environment
- "I have a studio
with large north and east-facing windows with red glass corners.
I look out onto my garden, my frog pond and bushland. Lewis handmade
all my workbenches, drawers and bookshelves from pine. My walls
are lined with hundreds of books, magazines and my tin-toy animals.
My collection of Japanese Godzillas look down from the top shelves.
Glass bubbles hang from my ceiling and colourful rugs cover the
tiled floor. The windowsills are covered with animal skulls and
toy dinosaurs. On the walls, printer's trays hold coloured threads,
tiny glass jars, shells and my die-cast lead farm-yard animals.
A very creative atomosphere."
- Marilyn can be reached at:
- 60 Martin Place
Linden NSW 2778
Telephone/Fax: (61) 02-4753-1166
- Email: LewispandMarilyn@aol.com