Artist's Statement

People can find inspiration in a number of places. My inspiration comes from nature; I love the curvilinear shapes and colors. The flora and fauna of the outdoors really draw me in, but even a simple trip to a Farmer’s Market can stoke my creative fire. The colors, intricate shapes, and details allow for a never-ending supply of subjects. For each subject there is something different that draws me to it: a color, a shape, a line. The detail itself is different each time.

Each piece begins by selecting the subject matter. I prefer to work from an actual object, but it can be necessary to work from photos of subjects because it is not feasible to bring it into the studio. Choosing my subject comes from a feeling I get looking at colors and shapes. Once this decision is made, I work on the composition - doing several sketches to get it just right.

After meticulous planning and preparation, I arrange each piece of cold-press watercolor paper by taping off a border on the edges and lay out the composition. Now the fun begins: color. Putting the pastels on the paper and blending the colors to capture the highlights and shadows is my favorite part. While working on the color I am thinking about where and how to add details to really make it pop.

I always look forward to taking the tape off the edges. With the tape gone and the border showing the final piece is revealed. When I finish a piece, I feel happy and that’s what I want my art to do: make people happy.

Biography

Marcia Popp strives to help others see the details in the world around them and foster their appreciation for “not just the big picture, but all the little details that make up the big picture: the swirls and whirls in an onion skin much like a fingerprint or the way the leaf curls around the stem of the plant, mimicking a circular stairway.”

Born in Milwaukee, Marcia Popp’s art career started at a very young age, she recalls “it wasn’t a conscious decision to become an artist, I just was one.” Equipped with her sketchbook and some pencils or paints, Popp could usually be spotted painting the world around her. She took many art classes throughout the years and ultimately received her degree in Fine Art, Drawing from the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design.

Popp continues to produce art as she finds inspiration all around her: “Nature is the inspiration for my work. I love the curvilinear shapes and colors found in nature. There are so many colors, intricate shapes, and details providing a never-ending supply of subjects.” She prefers to work with pastels which allow for the ability to work “hands-on” and blend the colors to get the exact hues that she wants; colored pencil accents add definition that help to enhance depth and movement in her pieces as well.

Marcia Popp not only brings a tremendous amount of focus and detail to everything she creates, but her art is filled with love. She is passionate about her art and she creates in the hopes that anyone who sees it can get at least a glimpse of how she sees the world and maybe they can feel inspired too.

Resume

Education

Marcia Popp studied with Ruth Garens from 1971-1979 and ultimately earned her degree in Fine Art, Drawing from the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design in 1983. After college, Marcia began working in the corporate world where she has worked as a graphic designer, illustrator, and print production manager.

Style

Marcia Popp creates with different types of media, but prefers to work with soft pastels and colored pencil. She does some pencil drawings and watercolor. Marcia uses cold press watercolor paper for all her work, preferring the texture and a white background to retain the purity of the colors. Nature is the inspiration for her work. She loves the curvilinear shapes and colors found in nature and the multitude of colors, intricate shapes, and details.

Family

Marcia recently moved back to Tucson, Arizona from Colorado.

Collectors

Littleton Museum, Littleton, CO

Shows

2022 Open Call (Virtual Show) at Red Bluff Art Gallery, Red Bluff, CA

2021 Botanical Art (Virtual Show) Las Laguna Art Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA

2021 Luminosity (Virtual Show) B Extraordinaire Gallery, St Louis, MO

2021 The Second Half (Virtual Show) Las Laguna Art Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA

2020 Every Color has a Story (Virtual Show) Flagler County Art League, FL

2018 This is Colorado, Heritage Fine Arts Guild of Arapahoe County at Colorado Gallery of the Arts, Littleton, CO

2017 Littleton Own an Original, Littleton Museum, Littleton, Colorado

2017 Kaleidoscope Colorado Gallery of the Arts, Littleton, CO

2016 This is Colorado, Heritage Fine Arts Guild of Arapahoe County at Colorado Gallery of the Arts, Littleton, CO

2016 Wish You Were Here, Tubac Center of the Arts, Tubac, AZ

2016 Kaleidoscope Exhibition, Colorado Gallery of the Arts, Littleton, CO

2016 33rd Annual All Colorado Art Show, Greenwood Village, CO

Awards

Ampersand Award for Tickled Pink, 2018 This is Colorado, Heritage Fine Arts Guild of Arapahoe County, Littleton, CO

People’s Choice Award for Ruby Calyx, 2016 This is Colorado 2016, Heritage Fine Arts Guild of Arapahoe County, Littleton, CO

First Place People’s Choice Award for Desert Bloom, 2016 Wish You Were Here, Tubac Center of the Arts, Tubac, AZ

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