Marcia Wallace

Marcia discovered Leonardo da Vinci as a child and his example clinched her desire to be an artist. Drawing was her first love, but like her early restless hero she has spent a lifetime exploring different realms of creation. She studied art throughout school in Ohio and at Connecticut College and received the first MFA in Mixed Media Art awarded by Arizona State University. For her thesis exhibition she combined large scale black and white photographs with painting, drawing and simple sculpture techniques. She taught children and adults through Arts-in- Education programs and college classes for years. She moved with her husband to Arkansas from Nebraska with the goal of designing and building their own home – now it is a compound in a forest they love to call home. After receiving an MA in Speech and Theater from Arkansas State University in 1997 she taught a spectrum of creative courses at University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville until retiring recently and joining the Board of Arkansas Craft School. She loves the creative spirit in Mountain View and hopes to see it continue to thrive. As an artist, she has always considered drawing to be fundamental. It is a very direct way of capturing and expressing ideas. She is equally at home with the meditative process of capturing realism as with exploring media and impressions through abstraction. While she loves color, somehow she always returns to the transformative and dramatic possibilities found in black and white media.