Serving the Maine Communities of Franklin County, Livermore & Livermore Falls

Creative Kids

Marina Karkos, Age 11

Marina Karkos has been drawing and painting since about age three – and she has never stopped. Her personality-filled watercolors of animals caught the eye of United Way staff and a conversation began where they learned that Marina “paints to make people happy.” When asked how she feels about painting for other people, she says shyly, “It is an honor to do that.” Well, it is an honor to share that Marina’s art is now going to get even greater attention as she is partnering with United Way of the Tri-Valley Area.  Marina is the first in a new program to spotlight creative kids and raise money to benefit programs that strengthen children and families and give opportunities to youth. Marina and her mom are excited to give back to the community, giving half the proceeds of every painting sold to United Way.

Paintings, which are done in watercolor, are $15 each and measure 9 x 12", unframed. Marina is particularly skilled and interested in painting animals from photos. Commissioned paintings of your pets are available for $30.

Please contact United Way for more information or to purchase a painting. Visit our facebook page to see if painting is available.

Marina’s mother, Melissa Karkos, is very proud of her daughter’s passion for art and her interest in giving back to the community. As Marina sat hugging her new dog on her Mom’s lap, she gradually showed one painting after another with her mom encouraging her to share even the one Marina was not quite happy with – a remarkable likeness of the puppy she was now cuddling. 

Melissa owns Subway sandwich shops in Farmington and Gardiner and is a partner in the Walmart location also in Farmington. She has gained attention as the youngest multi-store owner in the State. Marina and her family have lived in Jay and New Sharon, and recently moved to Rome where Marina will be attending Messalonskee Middle School in the fall.

Are you or do you know a Creative Kid? We would love to grow our program and call attention to the budding talent in the region, so please contact United Way to be considered as our next ‘Creative Kid’.

View Gallery of Marina's work by commission

View Gallery of Marina's work for sale 

Please refer to the following when purchasing:



Dog with Snout in Air

Palm Tree



Pointy Ear Pug

Fluffy Puppy


Shiny Nose Puppy



Jelly Fish




Big Ears





Golden Retriever




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