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As an artist I have been making figures for over 12 years. My artwork is made using Scupley III and Premo clay and delicate parts are reinforced for durability. The vivid saturated colors and shape possibilities inspire me to keep improving my work. What keeps me working so hard is the challenge to create little seasonal populations of creatures. I like to emulate an organic quality and magic and mystery to my pieces.

Growing up on a farm in Illinois I was always surrounded by my cats, dogs, hereford cattle, and chickens. Mom would set up the folding table for me outside to work with modeling clay. Clay had been banned from the house due to my three older siblings. One particular shadowbox turned out quite well that featured a garden with fence and small critters. People noticed I could draw and shape things well. I'm not sure exactly what happened but as my academic skills…

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  • Female
  • Born on August 4
  • Joined September 13, 2006

Favorite materials

polymer, clay

About

As an artist I have been making figures for over 12 years. My artwork is made using Scupley III and Premo clay and delicate parts are reinforced for durability. The vivid saturated colors and shape possibilities inspire me to keep improving my work. What keeps me working so hard is the challenge to create little seasonal populations of creatures. I like to emulate an organic quality and magic and mystery to my pieces.

Growing up on a farm in Illinois I was always surrounded by my cats, dogs, hereford cattle, and chickens. Mom would set up the folding table for me outside to work with modeling clay. Clay had been banned from the house due to my three older siblings. One particular shadowbox turned out quite well that featured a garden with fence and small critters. People noticed I could draw and shape things well. I'm not sure exactly what happened but as my academic skills grew I did not focus on art. Although my leisure time produced quite alot with even some illustrated stories. At 13, I became diabetic and set my goal to become a registered dietitian. That's what I became.
So for the next 2 decades my scientific side took over.

Now that I am married and have 3 wonderful children I have more inspiration for my artwork than ever. I have come full circle and now art is my passion. My children have inspired me to tap into my creativity and I make what I consider to be family friendly pieces full of beauty and goodwill.

We live in a wonderful house in Minnesota tucked into the woods. My work space faces the back with large picture windows where I watch the forest move with the weather and 40 to 70 foot oak trees reach toward the house. Deer occassionally come through on the trail and everyday I see frolicing squirrels and rabbits. The house contains myself, my wonderful husband, 3 very goofy inventive children, 2 dogs, 2 cats, tanks of fish and our newest sea monkies. Creative chaos can take over very rapidly.

All the photography and listing is done by my husband and I wouldn't be able to do this or the art shows without him. For years I've fought depression and now is the best time in my life. His support means the world to me and I wish to write down this sincere thanks.

Also, thank you so much for your interest in my sculptures. I hope they bring joy and zest to your day.

Live, Laugh, and Love

Marsha C. Panthera

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