Biography of Marcie Reed – Fine Arts Portrait and Landscape Artist
Marcie’s path is a continual one: from studying the compositions of Vermeer, Degas, Rembrandt, Sargent, Bouguereau and Velasquez, to analyzing their color solutions and the play of light and shadow. These artists leave an indelible mark on one’s soul, and she tries to emulate their mastery in her work.
Inspired by the oil paintings of her grandmother, encouraged by her current art teachers, family and friends, for Marcie this is a recipe for success. Early in her art career at Principia College in the historic town of Elsah, Illinois, she had the opportunity to study under James Green. Green is a nationally-recognized watercolorist, draftsmen and professor. She spent many inspired hours sitting on the sidewalks of Elsah, observing Mr. Green’s watercolor demonstrations. She witnessed Mr. Green’s watercolors take on a life and beauty of their own. At the age of 20, she was hooked from that day forward.
Marcie has been fortunate to study under modern masters. She observed Doug Dawson’s glorious color solutions to color problems and Dean Bowlby’s masterful expertise in drawing the face and figure. While in attendance, Albert Handel’s workshops were filled with the exploration and combination of all types of mediums. Anita Louise West’s profound simplicity in her portraits and landscapes inspire Marcie to observe life with more meaning. Dodie Rufner Ballentine, Phil Steele, Jane Seglum and Dan Sprick have also been great influences.
Marcie’s career in teaching classroom and young artists has been her life’s work. She taught art in a kindergarten through fifth-grade program for fifteen years in Cherry Creek School District, in Denver, Colorado. She taught an oil-painting class for young children at the Art Students League of Denver. Years later, she taught drawing classes as an Adjunct Professor at Colorado Mountain College.
She resides with her wonderful husband, Dick Reed, in Carbondale, Colorado. Her loving sister lives on Wadmalaw Island, South Carolina. Her fabulous brother in Kansas City, Missouri cheers on the Chiefs. She has five thoughtful daughters, three great sons-in-law and four beautiful grandchildren. They are all sprinkled across the country.
- Averett College Danville, Virginia (2 years)
- Principia College Elsah, Illinois: Bachelor of Arts/Fine Arts/Education K-12
- Wichita State University Post Baccalaureate program in Reading
- Rocky Mountain School of Art
- Art Students League of Denver
- Adams State University, Alamosa, Colorado: Masters in Technology
Awards, Experience and Accomplishments:
- Whitewater Kansas/ taught First Grade and Kindergarten
- Art Students League/ taught childrens’ oil-painting classes
- St. Anne’s Episcopal School/ taught Kindergarten
- Cherry Creek School District/ taught K through 5 art
- Illustrated Avi’s children’s book called “Perloo The Bold”
- Colorado Mountain College, Glenwood Springs: Adjunct Professor in Beginning and Advanced Drawing
- Exhibited work at the “809 Gallery” in Glenwood Springs, Colorado
- Demonstrated pastel technique in workshops at the Colorado Art Guild
- Placed in juried shows throughout Colorado
- Organized and attended Doug Dawson workshops