Marcia McClellan has been involved in the visual arts for many
years. McClellan spent twenty years teaching art in public and
private schools throughout the United States; working with
children and adults, as well as emerging and established
From 2010 –2014, McClellan co-owned Fountainside Arts, a
contemporary art gallery and printmaking studio in Fountain
Hills, Arizona. McClellan curated art shows and taught workshops
in printmaking, hand papermaking and book arts.
Currently, McClellan works in her own studio teaching private
classes and creating new art in multiple mediums.
In addition to a Masters of Arts in Education, McClellan has
completed sixty graduate hours in studio art. She has studied
with master printers, papermakers and book artists. McClellan’s
fine art prints, handmade papers and artist’s books have been
exhibited throughout the United States and internationally. Her
artwork has been purchased for both private and public
collections, and received multiple awards.
Throughout my life, I have enjoyed spending time outdoors. I
find peace and inspiration through interactions with animals and
the natural world. Botanical forms, human and animal anatomy,
and complex patterns and textures inform the images I create. In
both the natural and the material worlds, what we observe on the
exterior of an object is often very different from the reality
that exists underneath. I am continually amazed by the
similarity of the organic forms that make up the basic
structures of both plant and animal life.
In art, what appears on the surface of an image is greatly
affected by the underlying layers. I create images by developing
many layers, patterns, and textures using a variety of mediums:
paint, ink, paper, glass, metal, and wood.
Printmaking, papermaking, and artist books provide unique
opportunities to create complex images. Through the pressure of
the etching press against the printing plate and the paper, an
image is transformed, taking on a new and often unexpected
identity. The new image can both expose and cover-up the truth,
revealing a specific feeling, mood, or idea. It is my hope that
my current work encourages the viewer to look “beneath the
surface” in both art and life.
Fountain Hills, AZ
"Bobtail Kitty 3
"Bobtall Kitty 4"