Marcia Fusaro

Marcia grew up in New Jersey, a fourth generation artist, whose family history goes back to the famed English master, J.M.W. Turner.  After college she attended the Art Students League in New York City to study classical oil painting.  Her travels eventually led her to Aspen, where she married and raised two daughters.  The move west offered endless inspiration for landscape, wildlife and ranch scenes. Her passion for horses has provided subject matter since childhood, and today she is in demand for her equestrian portraits.  She continues to study with several well-known artists, most recently with Scott Christensen, Kim English, Kevin Macpherson and Albert Handel.  She splits time in her Old Snowmass studio between her commissioned portraits and works headed to shows or galleries.  Her award winning pastels and oil paintings hang in private collections from coast to coast.  In 2007 she completed a major portrait commission of the late beloved Garfield County cowboy, Frank Starbuck, for the new Colorado Mountain College campus in Rifle, where the student union has been dedicated to his memory.

Painting the Tetons Marcia paints outdoors as often as possible always searching for that special light effect and/or pattern of shapes to inspire a good painting. The plein air studies often become bases for larger studio works, both in pastel and oil, and help to give life to the landscapes in her commissioned portraits.  Of late these studies may often lead to abstractions of the subject.  As a portrait painter she sees each tree, cloud, or field as a character to be reckoned with.  Recent painting trips have taken her to France, Spain, Italy and last summer to Ireland, leaving her with a wealth of images to interpret on canvas or paper.  And, of course, she will always be working with images of the horse. In recent years she has been asked to teach, and she hopes to expand those opportunities in the future.