Collection: Marcia Colquhoun

Marcia Colquhoun is a professional artist living on a dairy farm in the Cambridge area.  She was born in Washington D.C. and grew up to marry a Kiwi. The whole family emigrated to New Zealand in stages beginning with her grown children and then followed by her and her husband. She has been living in the Cambridge area for a few years now. She has a great appreciation for the beauty and society of New Zealand, and have traveled to many places here.  She considers herself to be very fortunate to be here, especially as her creative muse is spurred by all the beauty and myriad shapes and colours of our magnificent earth.

She has had a long career in the visual arts, spanning 32 years in the United States as a studio painter and muralist working in oils, pastels and acrylics. She also loved printmaking and experimented with monotypes over the years.  She has been fortunate to win a few awards, get published in a few catalogs and sell much of my work out of my studio.  However….

In 2006 in an unexpected turn of events she fell into making jewellery, through her discovery and then love affair with two mediums new to her, precious metal clay and polymer clay.  She became quite engaged in making three dimensional objects and have spent the last 16 years re-educating herself as an art jewellery maker, primarily through both classes and self-taught techniques.  She holds basic and advanced certificates in metal clay and has taken additional classes from metal clay artists and polymer clay artists renowned in their fields.  She has also learned to incorporate some traditional silver smithing in her jewellery.  Each material has its own set of strengths and she enjoys combining them all in her work.

Though she draws inspiration from the real world she tends to express her creative passions through abstractions.  She believes that her jewellery displays her experience as a painter and finds immense satisfaction in seeing that manifest in her new art form.