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Today we’d like to introduce you to Marie Chapian.

Marie, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I tend to view the world in shape and color. As a life coach and former psychotherapist, I am accustomed to observing human behavior, and it all comes together in my art. Color, form, human behavior — My art career began as a teenager with cartooning and creating comical portraits.

Art making followed me through my many roles beginning with a successful theatrical career in musical comedy, followed simultaneously with earning an MFA in poetry and fiction writing, and authoring over 30 books which have been translated in 17 languages. Today I am a full-time working artist creating larger than life abstract pieces in oils and collage as well as smaller iconographic pieces…

We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
Art to me is like visual poetry, revealing itself, bringing together disparate shapes and textures to act and react to one another in a designated space. I’m fascinated with creating and re-creating my materials in acts of re-inventing by physically rendering, building, designing, painting, plastering, adding new elements with collage and even tearing apart.

In working on large and small size canvases or panels, my art becomes the creative process of piecing together small worlds to create a new whole, and where free-flowing metaphor and implied narrative take on newfound meaning. I am fascinated with the story through images that when brought together in surprising juxtaposition, can open a hidden doorway into ourselves, sometimes whimsical, at times profound, ultimately reflecting a greater interior truth that I hope can be experienced by others.

I create large collages on wood panels and canvas and small sculptures and assemblage. Lately, I have been moving into iconography, a tedious, exacting process quite different from my other work.

What do you think it takes to be successful as an artist?
I consider a successful artist as one who continually makes work, whether poet, visual artist, composer, musician, whatever. We make art and we make art, we revel in it, plug away, ever pushing forward year after year. I taught creative writing in a local college for a while and when students asked me if I thought they had what it takes to be a writer, I told them, “Do you have it in you to sit alone in a room for hours on end day after day, month after month, year after year?” The love of the work for me is paramount.

The dancer, whose career doesn’t possess the longevity of a writer or visual artist, has to be led by love as well as fortitude. I don’t see how it’s possible to be an artist without loving it (the agony and the ecstasy of it all) coupled with a genuine sense of gratitude.

Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
Currently: Front Porch Gallery, Carlsbad, CA; Collage Artists of America at SanFernando Valley Art and Cultural Center, Los Angeles, CA, COAL Gallery, Carlsbad, CA, North County Calvary Chapel Church, Carlsbad, CA; and San Diego State Fair

How can people support my work? I would say by their emotional response, and then ideally to purchase.

Contact Info:

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  • Phone: 7608558005
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  • Instagram: MrieChapian Instagram
  • Facebook: Marie Chapian Facebook
  • Twitter: Marie Chapian Twitter

Image Credit:
Mario Lombardo

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