Facepaint by Marrus, spring 2011
Welcome to the latest installment of our ongoing series, Sharing the Love. There are a lot of small and independent artists out there working in all sorts of mediums — writers, painters, jewelry makers, leather crafters, actors…this list could go on and on. And it turns out, I know and admire an awful lot of them!
Marrus is a New Orleans based artist who I first met at the Connecticut Renaissance Faire. We were both vendors there — me selling garb, and Marrus selling prints of her work and doing some of the most amazing face painting out there. She has a very unique style, which reflects in all of the art that she does. And – important to me – she was making a living AS AN ARTIST. That was a thing I wasn’t doing yet at that time, and even though our arts are very different in nature, I loved talking to her about how it all works.
Feral Priscilla, by Marrus. Prints available at marrusart.com
These days, Marrus is in New England less frequently, much to the detriment of the Faire community up here. Instead, she’s helping rebuild her community in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, and being an active member of the art scene there. She sells original paintings and prints in New Orleans’ French Quarter, which is fantastic if you’re down that way. But she also sells through her website, so you can shop with her no matter where you are!
Marrus has even written a book, Lightsurfing: Living Life in the Front of my Mouth, with is an autobiographical book about her journey from beginning starving artist to making a living, home-owning artist she is today. It even includes tons of actual art, from reproductions of her paintings to sketches and drawings she’s done over the years.
If you’re a fan of art that’s just a little dark and maybe just a little kinky, definitely check Marrus out today!
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