Marsha’s passion for the human figure began in the early 1960’s when she studied fashion design and illustration. Modeling in wax and the process of casting metal and mold making was part of her early childhood experiences at her father’s New York jewelry casting company. Since 1974, when she was introduced to sculpting in clay, she has developed her skills carving a variety of materials from foam to stone, modeling in wax and clay for casting in bronze.
After receiving her MS from Columbia University, Marsha studied at Rockland College in New York, the Loveland Academy in Colorado, Scottsdale Art Institute in Arizona, the College of Santa Fe, New Mexico, Robert Cunningham Studios, Associates in Art and the Cartoonist Union in Los Angeles, and in Mexico at the University of Guanaguato in San Miguel d’Allende, in Italy at the Sem Studios and in France with Martine Vogel.
Since her move to the San Diego area in 1998, Marsha has created public and private commissions for clients in the SoCal region and beyond. Her life-sized portrait of Jackie Robinson is installed at the YMCA that bears his name, a life-sized super hero hangs in a dental office in Vista, several private commissions of children and adults are in collector’s homes in Rancho Santa Fe and beyond. At the Fallbrook Library, her wildly popular commission of a three-quarter life-sized bronze entitled “Friends of the Library” depicts the far-reaching influence of a beloved teacher on early learning experiences.
A reclining female,”Awareness”, is permanently exhibited at the Scripps Caner Center at Scripps Green Hospital.
She was one of a select group of artists from California to exhibit at the San Diego Museum of Art in Balboa Park. Her bas-relief portrait of Eli Weisel was selected by the National Sculpture Society in New York to be shown at the “World Leaders Exhibition”. Her work has won several honors at juried shows within the San Diego area.
Sculpture as Inspired Social Conscience
Marsha is committed to helping educate generations to come by creating portraits of those talented, heartfelt activists whose courageous efforts will inspire greater love and appreciation for human equanimity.
Among the portraits are Paul Robeson, Elie Weisel, Martin Luther King, Maya Angelou, James Earl Jones, Benjamin Vereen, Beatrice Wood, Jackie Robinson, Shirley Chisholm, Cesar Chavez, Dolores Huerta, Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, W.E.B. Dubois Harry Belafonte, James Baldwin, Rosa Parks, Marcus Garvey, Dick Gregory and Ram Dass. In process are the images of Marion Wright Edelman, Gloria Steinem, Audry Lourde, Mahalia Jackson and Azim and Tariq Khamisa. These portraits, along with a brief bio and a short video or audio, will give the viewer an opportunity to know and be inspired by the lives of these amazing persons. My vision is to continue enlarging this body of work to encompass more of the many diverse cultures that contribute mightily to our country.
My hope is that as many of these sculptures can be made available to schools ,museums , public places wherever opportunities to educate are made possible. Exhibits have circulated to The Beatrice Wood Museum, Ojai, California; The World Beat Center,San Diego; The San Diego Central Public Library, NAACP functions and in Churches.
These portraits and their accompanying biographies are available in print and in braille available as a tactile exhibit to the blind as well as the sighted.
Maya Angelou Born on April 4,1928 in St.Louis,Missouri.Writer and civil rights activist is known for her 1969 memoir,"I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, which made literary history as the first non-fiction best seller by an African-American woman. In 1971 her poetry collection,"Just give me a Cool Drink of Water'Fore I Die"won Pulitzer-prize..Later at the inaugauration of Pres.Clinton she wrote "On the Pulse of Morning".She received many honors during her lifetime. Died May 28,2014
This portrait was created in clay for the Beatrice Wood Museum in Ojai, California. "Beato" as she was called, was considered the "Mama of Dada", an art form that she employed in her ceramic work. She was a wise and inviting host to all that enjoyed visiting her in her studio. When I had the pleasure of meeting her to do a life casting of her hands, she was 102. Beatrice worked every day. She died at 105, having had a most culturally diverse ,interesting and artistically rich life. Visit her museum when in Southern California!
Portraits of socal activitists who have made a difference as exhibited at museums, libraries, schools, to educate and inspire.
"When we know better, we do better." Maya Angelou
Honoring teachers and children that love to read, this sculpture stands at The Fallbrook Library.
"Milestone", a larger than life Greyhound was created to welcome patients to the Veterinary Hospital in Alameda County, California.
This life-size portrait of a young Masai girl was appreciated at the San Diego Museum. It is currently a limited edition of 7, $5000.
Bas relief is frequently used on Plaques and can be completed in any size.
This portrait of Elie Weisel was created for his family as an heirloom. To honor his memory as an author committed to world peace. Copies are available, unframed in hydrastone $200, or inquire for a cast in bronze.
This Arabian colt was prized and celebrated by the owner in this sculpture created from life on location.