Marion Bryant Cook's career as an artist began at the age of 12 when he studied under Miss Juanita Greene Williams. In 1952, he was awarded a full scholarship to the Memphis Academy of Fine Arts. During his second year at the Academy, he was drafted by the Army to serve in the Korean Conflict.
Upon graduating from boot camp, the war had ended, and Marion was then stationed in Paris, France for the next two years. Upon his return to the U.S., he worked as a sign and billboard painter for various Nashville signage companies, and in 1968, decided to pursue art as a full-time career.
He exhibited nationally and was commissioned to paint the portraits of bank presidents, doctors, a
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