Featured artist Marcy Gordon’s watercolor paintings highlight her love of botanical illustration, and she says, “There is nothing more satisfying to me than to sit in front of a beautiful flower, studying the form and color and then painting what I see.” Her preferred mediums are watercolor, colored pencils and graphite.
Marcy began her artistic career training and painting in oils, but discovered and fell in love with watercolor after exploring botanical illustration at the University of Washington. Graduating in 1977 with degrees in art and psychology, she has since taught watercolor illustration for over 25 years, both for credit and pleasure at colleges and universities in Washington and California watercolor illustration for more than 25 years, and is currently offering a class at Port Townsend School of Arts.
Marcy has shown her work in galleries, museums, juried shows in Washington State and Southern California, and has illustrations in two books. She also completed a series of 25 paintings for the V.A. Hospital in Seattle featuring watercolors of patients used in a slide presentation on psychotropic medication.
In 2008, she won a Juror’s Choice Award for a colored pencil drawing at the San Diego Art Institute/Museum of the Living Artists in the Southern California Regional Exhibit. During her time in San Diego, she was one of the founding members of the artists’ cooperative gallery known as Space 4 Art, which provided living and studio space to participating artists.
In Port Townsend, Marcy has been a member of Gallery 9, a member of the American Society of Botanical Artists, Pacific Northwest Botanical Artists, and a past member of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators, San Diego Museum of the Living Artist, San Diego Watercolor Society and Whidbey Island Women Artisans.
“For me, creating art at my best and most expressive is like following an unknown river. I choose the river to explore and then willingly follow where it takes me, surrendering my will and allowing the work itself to guide my journey. Only at the end do I discover where I have gone and what it was I wanted to say. The outcome is not always something that can be verbalized. The art must speak for itself with only traces of my hand in it.”
Join us on Saturday, September 2 for Artwalk
Marcy Gordon's show will be at the Bishop Gallery through the month of September. You are cordially invited to attend Port Townsend's First Saturdays Artwalk to view her work and perhaps make a purchase.