Marci Carlson

“The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance” -Aristotle

Marci was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and earned a nursing degree in Illinois. She has always had a love for art. She began to draw animals at the age of six. She never lost that first love, but it wouldn’t be until later in life that she would have the opportunity to pursue her passion. Her science background has given her an immense knowledge of human anatomy which is essential to portrait painting.

She moved to Louisiana and studied art at the Baton Rouge Fine Arts Academy with Larry Casso. Upon returning to Pennsylvania, she was a student with Jamie Cooper, a nationally known artist on the East Coast in Ligonier, Pennsylvania. Jamie remains her mentor today. She also studied with Jeff Watts through his online Atelier program.

Marci first showed her art at the Bottle Works. Her art has been shown at the Pharmacy Art Gallery, the Springfield Art Alliance, and the Hoogland Center for the Arts. Marci is presently a member of the Proctor Art Gallery.

Marci is a student of life, and it has taught her to appreciate the depth of beauty in nature. She focuses on the small things that can be missed by a casual glance. Marci sees the wrinkle in a face, the vein in a flower, the draping fabric because they are an essential piece of beauty. With her art she slows down the world and pauses it for just a moment, capturing the image for eternity. If beauty is relative, it is also essential to the very few moments when we have the opportunity to appreciate its reflection with precision and to embrace its imperfections.

She uses oil paints on canvas or linen, mixed medium, and an occasional watercolor through which she seeks to capture character and beauty. Marci tries to find and create an image that seems to suspend time long enough to study and enjoy each detail. The driving force behind her passion is the opportunity to connect with people through art and personal contact with the community.


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