Marci Marsden is a Portland based artist. Her earliest creative expression was modern dance, but when diagnosed with an autoimmune disease at 19, she was forced to find other outlets to explore her creative spirit. She spent time with working in clay, she co-designed furniture pieces along side her ex husband. She also designed and made one off fashion pieces using vintage fabric.
But it wasn’t until deep challenges that she came to painting. In the last several years her autoimmune disease began to have physical manifestation resulting in many surgeries and in turn limiting the use of her hands. It can be challenging some days, to open jars or button her coat. But the one thing that it has not taken from her is her creativity. In a lot of ways it has actually brought her back to her art. No matter the limitations She have physically , her creativity remains in tact. And in a many ways it has been strengthened. Through these challenges and changing landscape that life is full of, It is the one constant thread.
Victoria Mitchell is a Canadian-based artists. In her early twenties creative projects included commission paintings, sketch design planning, and fashion illustration. Then in 1993 she shifted her focus to physical bodywork, which led to a 22 year career as a Registered Massage Therapist.
In recent years, and as a result of conversations with her ill father and the creation of a home art studio she returned to seriously pursing her passion in abstract/representational mixed media art. She began showing her paintings again in 2017 and she has not looked back since.