Marcia has always been involved in some form of art from an early age. She took any art class she could in high school and private classes when she could find time between raising her four children. Much of what she does is self taught.
Marcia has always been involved in some form of art from an early age. She took any art class she could in high school and private classes when she could find time between raising her four children. Much of what she does is self taught. She’s been referred to as” the artist in her family” as long as she can remember. She has worked in many different mediums and is currently working in Batik and woodcarving.
Marcia has become very involved in downtown Waukesha. Images of her carvings and paintings have been used for several events including Silver Bells and Downtown Waukesha’s Santa Run. Her artworks, along with her carvings are in several private (permanent) collections that include the Waukesha Public Library and Waukesha Memorial Hospital. Marcia also participated in the 2012 Waukesha Gibson Guitar Project where she painted, in acrylic, a 10 foot fiberglass Gibson Guitar. Her 10 foot guitar is on display in downtown Waukesha during the summer months, and inside the Waukesha Public Library during the winter months.
Marcia has also been a co-curator for several art exhibits and manages the Almont Gallery. She is a member of the West End Artists Association, Waukesha Reads art procurer, and a participating member of the Downtown Business Association. Marcia has given her talents in donations to many fund raising events including the Elmbrook Humane Society, Boys and Girls Club, AIDS research, MARN, Waukesha Museum, the Dental Auxiliary, Waukesha Santa Run, and several cancer events.
Marcia’s batik art is done in a similar way that fabric batik is done using wax to resist color. She applies the wax using a paintbrush. It is a process of layers of wax and paint that create the finished piece of art. She uses rice paper, wax, and watercolor paint for her medium. Marcia enjoys nature and you can see that love reflected in most of her watercolor pieces. She also enjoys painting in still life and nature landscapes.
Marcia’s carvings are hand carved in basswood and finished with acrylic paint. A soft, slightly “antique” finish is then applied using shoe polish. Her carvings represent a more folk art look, but sometimes reveal a fun, non-traditional funky look.
You can see Marcia’s artwork and carvings at the Almont Gallery, located at 342 West Main Street in downtown Waukesha.
GuitarTown guitar – “Outdoor Wisconsin”
I decided to design something for a playable guitar using my current medium of watercolor batik on rice paper. This was an enjoyable challenge for me to develop a way to paint on the paper and then apply it to the guitar. As my bio suggests, I enjoy most using nature as my subject matter and decided to incorporate our state into the design.
I love living in Wisconsin and remind myself as often as I can to appreciate the nature we have and not take it for granted.
The front of the guitar shows a patch of cone flowers visited by a Swallowtail butterfly.
The back of the guitar truly represents our state with the state bird (Robin), state flower (Violet), state insect (Honeybee), and our state tree (Maple).
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