As a plein air artist, Palm Desert resident Marilyn Froggatt travels throughout the western United States in pursuit of more and more stunning visual conditions to reproduce on canvas. En plein air is a French phrase that describes the act of an artist capturing what the eye sees outdoors at a particular moment.
While much of Froggatt’s work focuses on her home region of the Coachella Valley, Big Morongo Canyon Preserve and Joshua Tree National Park, her travels also take her along the west coast through Oregon and Washington, and into Idaho, Wyoming, Utah and the Eastern Sierra.
Froggatt did not intend on being an artist, however. Although her mother was a professional opera singer and her maternal grandfather was a landscape artist, a career in the arts was not part of the plan.