Sylvia Brown (Marks) Driscoll

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Driscoll, Sylvia Brown (Marks) GLOUCESTER, Mass. Sylvia Brown (Marks) Driscoll, at the age of 84, passed away peacefully in her sleep on April 18, 2013, after a prolonged illness. Her daughter, Pamela, was by her side at The Seacoast Skilled Nursing Center in Gloucester, Mass. She was born, raised, and educated in Albany, N.Y., daughter of the late David Marks and Elizabeth (Moffett) Marks. She graduated high school from Vincentian Institute and pursued her art career by studying art at New York University, the Art Students League in New York City and the Provincetown Workshop, Provincetown, Mass. While living in Albany, she taught art at the Albany Institute of Art, the Heldeberg Workshop, the Albany public school system, and the Lansingburg school system. She later established her first gallery, Fort Orange Art Gallery. After leaving Albany she moved to Rocky Neck in Gloucester to further develop her artistic talent. She worked mainly with acrylics creating atmospheric seascapes calling her style of painting "stained canvas". "I have always tried with my stained canvas to have the viewer involved with the atmospheric quality of light surrounding us." She would write to describe her paintings. "The pallet I use covers the spectrum of the rainbow and changes constantly with light as no two days are alike. Many of my paintings are skyscapes, others tidal marshes, sand, fog, and an attempt to paint the wind so we can experience it in another time." Throughout her career Sylvia and Donald operated her art gallery on Rocky Neck in Gloucester Mass., Dock Square in Kennebunkport, Maine and Perkins Cove in Ogunquit, Maine. She and her husband spent their winters in Sarasota, Fla. Sylvia's paintings are in many private collections throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. She is survived by her daughter, Deborah Bryant and her husband, Thaire, N.H.; daughter, Pamela Doherty and her husband William, Mass.; and her son, David Driscoll and his wife Ginger, Mass.; six grandchildren, Krista (Bryant) Ryan and her husband, Edward, Daniel Doherty and his wife, Jamie, Shawn Doherty, Juliette (Driscoll) Smith and her husband Sean, Lillian and Brendan Driscoll; three great-grandchildren, Hana, Grace and Edward Ryan; sister-in-law, Louise Marks; and nine nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her loving childhood sweetheart of 56 years, F. Donald Driscoll; her brothers, Edward Collins Marks, who died as an infant; and her loving brother Dalton Stewart Marks. There will be a private memorial service held at The Woodbrook Cemetery in Woburn. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to Hospice of the North Shore and Greater Boston Area, 75 Sylvan St., Suite B102, Danvers, MA 01923. For condolences visit
Published in Albany Times Union on Apr. 29, 2013
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