Marley Kaul is one of the region's most senior artists who makes art form his own experiences with natural processes and a poetic response to everyday life. Kaul teaches life's lessons in his paintings, in keeping with his life-long passion for learning and his work as chairman and professor of painting at the art department at Bemidji State University. He continues to paint daily in his studio near Lake Bemidji, to exhibit generously throughout the region, and to see his work moving into significant private and public collections. A common theme throughout his work is the garden metaphor. The garden illustrates birth and rebirth, a place to meditate on ones relationship to the earth, a symbol of faith, time and acceptance of failure.