Kentucky Tourism

Marrinan, Charlene — Mountain Spirit

Ferguson, KY


prints, cards

Charline Marrinan lives on beautiful Lake Cumberland in Sloans Valley, Kentucky.  At the age of two, Charline was diagnosed with a significant developmental disability.  However, Charline concentrated on what she could do instead of what she couldn’t – which her parents refer to as “disability with ability.”


Her mother says that Charline has always enjoyed the outdoors and photography.  But often the mechanics of loading 35 mm film into her camera was not easy for Charline. When Charline was given a digital camera –

a whole new world opened for her.


In 2001, Charline attended her first Great Smoky Mountains Wildflower Pilgrimage. She attended a photography workshop given by Dr. Alan S. Heilman, retired Professsor of Botany at Tennessee State University, and Jack Carman, author of Wildflowers of Tennessee, a field guide for wildflowers in Tennessee.  At that workshop, she shared her dream of having a book of her photos published.


In 2004, Charline’s dream was realized with the publication of her book, The Spirit of Nature


Charline’s book can be found at Cumberland Falls State Resort Park and also at the Kentucky Artisan Center in Berea, KY.