Creative Life in the Gateway Arts District

Meet Marsha Stein, Visual Artist


Marsha Stein, visual artist, photo by Anne L’Ecuyer

Meet Mount Rainier Artist Lofts artist and resident Marsha Stein. Marsha works in acrylic paint after painting in oils for years. Find out why she changed mediums, how she defines an artist and what she’s working on today.

How did you discover the medium you currently work in?

After painting in oils for many years, I tried acrylics and found they were much easier to clean. The colors had much improved from the first acrylic paints.

From the Downton Abbey series by Marsha Stein

From the Downton Abbey series by Marsha Stein

How do you define “artist”?

I can define it for myself. I have a unique ability to see and translate onto paper and canvas. I was taught to differentiate contours, lights and darks and composition. The word artist encompasses many talents.

How did you discover the Gateway Arts District?

I was invited to move into the Mount Rainier Artist Lofts.

If you could give your younger self a piece of advice about being an artist, what would it be?

You have a world class gift that can be cultivated into great achievement. You deserve to be rewarded and recognized.


From the Downton Abbey series by Marsha Stein

What drives you?

The love of producing beautiful images.

What is your greatest challenge as an artist?

To get back to the purer art I produced in school. To not make commercial art.

What are you working on right now?

Trying to get back into an art school frame of mind and push my work to grow, not just to sell.

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About Anne L'Ecuyer

Anne is a strategist, facilitator and consultant who stays closely connected to an international network of city leaders, cultural professionals, and individual artists. She is an expert in the creative industries and cultural tourism in the United States, as well as the contributions of the arts toward educational, social, and environmental goals.

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This entry was posted on May 10, 2016 by in Uncategorized.
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