The visual & performing arts are my passion inspiring me to share my expressions with the world. From portraits to figurative and abstract works, the energy of movement is what I must express.
Capturing human emotion is magnetic to me. Portrait drawing is the opportunity to learn about the life stories of people, to honor and celebrate. Sketching portraits of musicians, dancers and poets as they perform is one of my favorite ways to respond & interact as an artist. I am fascinated by children in the midst of discovery where the conversation with colors lines, shapes and textures and emotions evolve and create magic on paper and canvas .
I moved by art as often instinctively dance when I see a sculpture, painting or installation that touches my soul. The improvisation of dance is riveting to me. When I create drawings and paintings of dancers I focus on the gestures of human interaction and movement through line, shapes and colors. The space in between is not a mere background but the breath of humanity, a playground exploring dynamic possibilities.
Poetry is the written and spokenword extension of my artworks reflecting my thoughts and emotions responding to what is happening internally and externally in the world. Poetry opens me to dive deeper and challenge my mind, heart and soul. it is the tactile essential writing in a journal, on the back of reciept. the piecing of words pressed onto a tablet or smartphone together like a collage. Sometimes my poetry show up on my clothes to make a statemen
I was born in 1966, Marcy Lois Stein. My parents encouraged my creativity at an early age through art and dance lessons, and attended public & Hebrew school in Wayne NJ. I grew up in a predominantly white community with my two younger brothers as we raised in the Jewish faith.
At an early age, my parents hired a housekeeper from Kingston Jamaican ( omitting names for privacy) who helped raise us and an African American woman who taught us many valuable lessons and prayed for us through our youth and teens,. Their morals, life stories and love for us taught me the value of cultural diversity and treating People of Color with respect.
I met my biological parents in 1997.My birthparents are both professionals in the arts. Learning of their nationalities Finnish American , & Colombian American roots and later learned of my Ashkenazi Jewish, British, Irish, Angolan & Nigerian roots . . Both by nature & nurture, the DNA of my ancestry and the cultures that influence me reflect many aspects of my personality and creative expression
My inspiration for teaching began at Syracuse University, where I received a BFA in Painting, 1988. I received my art teacher certification from Moore College of Art, 1997.
Children became a focal point for my artwork and connectings as I came to know families off campus at Syracuse University and began teaching art lessons and creating paintings based on their lives. Upon graduation, I moved to Philadelphia and taught art lessons in Chester.PA Public Schools as a teaching artist.. At this time I also met artist & professor, Lily Yeh, founder of The Village of Arts & Humanities, in North Philadelphia. Here is where I taught art lessons and connected with teens and youth respect and an open heart. The Village offered art, dance, drumming, theater, mural making, poetry and gardening which opened me to interdisciplinary arts. At the time, I created portraits of children in various media, I wrote journals about my students and their families, many who were on welfare and in foster-care. Many children from that time in my life are like family to me to this day. My teaching experiences include art centers n Mount Laurel NJ, Camden NJ Medford NJ , Chester PA, Wallingord PA, and Chula Vista, CA.