Kenneth Marunowski is an artist, educator and writer who lives and works in Bend, Oregon with his wife Carly. Hailing from the Village of Valley View just south of Cleveland, Ohio, Ken grew up enjoying the cultural amenities of a big city and the spaciousness of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, both right at his doorstep. Marunowski’s passion for culture and nature took him to Kent State University where he received degrees in French and Painting (landscape painting focus), the beginnings of a lifelong investigation of language and image. A pivotal junior year abroad studying both subjects in Aix-en-Provence, France deepened the young painter’s appreciation for culture, language and art. Years later, a Master of Arts in English as a Second Language provided Marunowski an opportunity to teach in Dresden, Germany before returning to Kent State to pursue a Ph.D. in Literacy, Rhetoric and Social Practice. Following his doctoral degree, Marunowski taught professional writing to arts and letters and social science students at the University of Minnesota Duluth for several years before dedicating himself completely to his painting practice. Now a full time artist, Ken shares his rigorous pursuit of abstract painting not only through the works he creates but also through teaching both privately and at various venues in Bend. Unable to leave his passion for the written word behind, Marunowski authors monthly articles and year-long series for Cascade A&E on art-related topics.