Painting the world around you

By SHEA STANFIELD

ARTS COLUMNIST

Founder of Woman Who Grow, Jewel Diamond Taylor, writes, “Your thoughts, words, and deeds are painting the world around you.” 

Photos courtesy of Marless Fellows
Photos courtesy of Marless Fellows

A concept local artist Marless Fellows knows all too well.   Her creative passion continues to run along the deep roots of Western contemporary/southwest painter. 

Many of her first subjects were the Salt River wild horses and over the years Marless has grown her commitment into a connection to with the Salt River Wild Horse Management Group.  She donates a portion of her sales to help with health, welfare and management efforts of the herd.

Growing up primarily in Arizona, her father was in the Navy, which required the family to move a number of times when she was a child. 

But there was something about the shadows of the mesas, brilliant sunsets and serenity of the desert’s flora and fauna that called Marless back to Arizona. 

She credits her father for being the first person to influence her in art in her childhood. 

“He would draw little cartoon elephants and other figures for my sisters and me, so I picked it up for fun,” she said.

She didn’t think of perusing an art career until her 30s when her husband’s grandfather came to stay with them. 

“He was an amateur artist and enjoyed ‘creating’ as a hobby.  He encouraged me to expand my drawing into painting, and the rest is history, as they say,” Marless recollected.

Marless enrolled in drawing classes at Mesa Community College (MCC) to develop a foundation in art. 

Photos courtesy of Marless Fellows
Photos courtesy of Marless Fellows

She acquired an interest in life drawing and six semesters later her human anatomy expertise formed a firm background for her exquisitely detailed human portraits based in Western “cowboy” culture. 

Following MCC, Marless attended Scottsdale Artist School where she continued her education in drawing and painting with master artists from all over the United States. 

“I began at the beginning and followed through until I completed the most advanced courses,” she said.

Adding to her expanding experience and education Marless loves visiting museums and galleries where she picks up composition, painting styles and ideas from both past and present artists. 

She continues to attend workshops and master classes where she constantly updates her techniques resulting in an evolving body of quality work for her growing client base.

The search for Western wildlife for her meticulously rendered portraits is one of her great joys. 

She and her husband, a native of Montana, spend many of their summers traveling Yellowstone National Park, the Tetons and other wildlife preservation areas in search of moose, bear, buffalo, elk or any other wildlife, capturing their images for future painting subjects. 

Marless is a member of the Sonoran Arts League and her work is now on display at The Gallery at El Pedregal, on the second floor, located 34505 N. Scottsdale Road (sonoranartsleague.org). 

She is also celebrating her ninth year participating in the AZ Fine Art Expo, which is happening now through March 24, in north Scottsdale (arizonafineartexpo.com).   

For more information, to view an extended collection of Marless Fellow’s work or to contact her visit artbymarless.com.

Contact Arts Columnist Shea Stanfield on her email at flowingquill@yahoo.com.