Marian Dale Scott was a painter, muralist, draughtswoman and commercial artist. For fifty years, she experimented with different styles and explored varied subjects - from landscapes, urban scenes and the human figure to botanical forms, the cellular world and geometric abstraction.
When she was only eleven years old, Scott began taking classes under William Brymner and Alberta Cleland at the Art Association of Montreal and was exhibiting her work by the following year. She studied under Edmond Dyonnet at both the École des beaux-arts and the Monument National, then under Henry Tonks at the London's Slade School of Art. Back in Montreal in 1927, she resumed her painting. From 1935 to 1938, she taught at the Children's Art Centre for the underprivileged, and later on at St. George's School, at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts with Arthur Lismer and at Macdonald College.
Marian Dale Scott was a founding member of the Contemporary Arts Society and a member of the Federation of Canadian Artists, Canadian Group of Painters, Royal Canadian Academy of Arts and Conseil de la Peinture du Québec. She was honoured with the Thomas More institute's Purchase Award in 1967 and the Ontario Society of Artists' Baxter Purchase Award in 1969. Scott exhibited in London, Ontario in Visions and Victories: 10 Canadian Women Artists, 1914-1945. A retrospective exhibition was organised and circulated in Canada by the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec in 2000, Marian Dale Scott, 1906-1993: Pioneer of Modern Art.