Sunny Marler's work is highly conceptual and diverse, and reflects her surroundings, and the feelings associated with those surroundings. Her grandparents were rock hounds, and brought forth the fascination with the West Texas landscape, geology, and history. The diversity in her work reflects everything from relationships to playful renditions of the found objects, she finds lying around. Her hero in art is Jasper Johns, and like him, she attempts to bring the viewer back and forth, to see the piece as a whole, but to also get up close and personal, and see the textures, colors, and meaning in the minute details of her work. Her inspirations include South American art and its history, the desert, and the poets/artists such as Diane di Prima and her professor Pamela Price.
Sunny Marler grew up an oil brat moving from Kansas, to East Texas, and back to West Texas, where she was born. After some time well spent at the University of Houston studying sculpture, she graduated from The University of Texas of the Permian Basin in Odessa, Texas with a Bachelors of Fine Arts. She has won numerous awards in regional competitions as well as successfully participated in numerous regional shows. In addition to showing and competing, she has taken commissions for large murals at local businesses, original work, and portraits. She loves finding inspiration in the local desert, and hiking the vast West Texas wilderness.
“I am a firm believer that every artist is a warrior, and each piece is a battle with color, dimension, and meaning. I attempt to push the boundary of what it means to be an artist and a woman in today’s culture/society, as well as determine the meaning of our past, and what that means for our future”
She has participated in shows at the 2008 Deep Ellum Art Walk in Dallas, TX, Nancy Fyfe Cardozier Gallery in Odessa, Texas, Ellen Noel Art Museum in Odessa, TX, Jozeph Matheny's Art Gallery in Odessa, TX, the McCormick Gallery in Midland, TX, Austin Art Space in Austin, TX, Commerce Street Studios in Houston, TX, and numerous independent art spaces and regional art shows.
She has also been published in American Art Collector, and The University of Texas of the Permian Basin's Sand Storm, and is a member of the Midland Arts Association in Midland, TX, as well as The Artists of Texas blog spot


Sunny Kay Marler

Small and Large Encaustic and various other mixed media.

Implosion “Implosion”

Large mixed media with cast toy guns and fishing line.

Stamp “Stamp”

12 in x 12 in, Mixed media piece with oil on Cigarette pack, and found deer skull partial.

Hueco Tanks “Hueco Tanks”

Large Encaustic mixed media with water color media, inspired by hiking trip to Hueco Tanks State Park, in El Paso, TX

Swine “Swine”

Large mixed media on recycled card board. This piece was inspired by my favorite nove, William Golding's Lord of the Flies.

Thumbnail “Thumbnail”

9 inch x 9 inch fabricated mixed media piece, with 1 in x 1 in oil painting of my thumbnail. The magnifying glass is fabricated out of steel, bolts, and of course a magnifying glass. This was a sarcastic response to art instruction.

Violet Skull “Violet Skull”

This is an oil on a found cigarette box (Marlboro Red)

Route 66 “Route 66”

This is an ink with wash on art board. 17 inch x 5 inch. This piece is my celebration to travel, and road trips that are on a whim, rather than planned.

Demon Love Improv “Demon Love Improv”

This is an ink on watercolor paper, 18 inch x 5 inch.

Marlboro Lights “Marlboro Lights”

10 x 8 acrylic mixed media with found cigarette box.