Artist Interview: Marisa Murrow 11/16/16


Q: How long have you been painting?

A: Including college, 20 years of painting.

Q: What inspired you to get into the arts?

A: I was inspired by an exhibition of Amish quilts in San Francisco at the age of 12. When we exited the museum I proclaimed, “I want to be an artist.” I loved being enveloped in a whole new world of color, texture, and pattern through art.

Q: What was the first work of art you sold?

A: The first painting I sold was at the Rhode Island School of Design student sale. I actually sold a lot of work that day. It was a great feeling, not necessarily the money I received, rather watching people get excited by my work. I liked knowing that my work was going somewhere out in the world.

Q: Why painting rather than another medium?

A: I love to mix paint; the juicy colors, thick and thin, layering, blending, scraping, sanding across the surface. I have never had the patience to enjoy watercolors. Acrylics are fine to sketch and explore with… there is nothing better than oil paint.

Q: What are your favorite materials to work with?

A: My favorite materials to work with are: new paint brushes, oil paint, paper/photographs for collages, pens and fresh flowers.

Q: What is the philosophy behind your work?

A: The philosophy in this work: What is my/your definition of home? What is community? What is a valuable lifestyle?