ArtQuench Welcomes Resident Artist
Marv L. Roussan to the family!
As you view this talented artists work, you will find yourself captured ,
knowing there is a great story behind each piece of artwork. Marv’s
artwork will move you and we hope inspire you to move through
your artful journey capturing your own stories.
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I am not really sure where the “art bug” crept into my soul, but I have always longed to be creative and expressive. I was raised in the prairies of Northern WY, yet I always longed to travel, especially to CA and NYC. My family thought I was crazy, (and still do) but I knew, one day I would see these far away places.
It took me almost 40 years, but I made it to CA and I had moved to NYC. It was as if the lid of my most wildest dreams had been open. I would walk the streets of NYC and marvel at the sights of the city and the store windows. I remember standing outside the School of Visual Arts wondering how I would ever be able to attend the school and get my degree. I did find a way and 3 years later I got my BA in Illustration. I then moved to San Francisco and worked on MFA.
My strongest desire is to paint the human form, especially the face. I think the body is incredible and the expression of the face can tell a impressive story.
Being a gay male who survived the AIDS epidemic of the 80‘s, I have known many losses and sorrows. It has been through these darkness that I find the light. I think my work reflects this journey.
The other thing that I love to explore is color. A multitude of shades and tones mixed together only to find a new combination, always finding the unexpected. What does my art career hold in the future? Probably the same thing as mixing color- the unexpected.
I am an artist who loves the faces of people, the eyes are truly “the window of the soul”. I have studied many styles, yet the one thing that fascinates me the most is color. No matter how much I work and play with it I am always surprised by the combinations and intensities. I have a tendency to photograph and paint people of color. One reason is the rich and vibrant color combinations in the skin tones.
I was raised in WY, but have lived around the United States, including Tucson, AZ; Washington DC; New York City, San Francisco, CA; and Uganda, Africa for 3 months volunteering. While living in Washington DC, the “artist” in me came alive. I moved to NYC and started attending the School of Visual Arts where I got my BA in Illustration. Next I started working on my MFA in San Francisco where I attended Academy of Art College and worked on my MFA. Moving back to NYC, I pursued my love of photograph and painting for 7 yrs. My travels have included Egypt, South Africa and Uganda, Africa.
While traveling abroad, I had the honor of photographing a number of people. Many of the children and people live in poverty stricken conditions. Hopefully I have done some justice in photographing the beauty and wonder of these great people.
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