Live Creatively
Artist + Writer
Marcella Nordbeck
Painting

Artist Statement

​I'm an intuitive painter. I typically don’t start with a sketch or an end in mind unless I'm working on a commission. I simply start putting layers of paint down on canvas. Through the intuitive painting process I allow the painting to talk to me, to reveal with each layer what it wants to be and express.

I paint as much with my hands as I do with a brush,
and other mark making tools, because I like the intimacy of the paint on my hands and my hands on the canvas. I primarily work with acrylic paint, fluids, and mediums. I like to push acrylic to its extremes, thickening it with heavy mediums and thinning it out with glazes or water for a transparent effect.

My paintings are extensions of my soul’s expression, inspired by my experiences while meditating. They often convey that the truth of who we are is Love. Other times my paintings are reflections of my spiritual journey, of peeling back layers to understand myself. The process of painting for me is the ultimate metaphor for life. Many of the same skills apply both on and off the canvas: finding courage, practicing non-attachment, and trusting.

Current + Upcoming Exhibitions

To Be Announced...

Solo Exhibitions

Choice Points, Sync Gallery, Denver, CO, front gallery, 2014
MacSpa, Denver,  CO, by invitation, 2011
Excavations of the Heart, Strings Restaurant, Denver, CO, by invitation, 2010
Larimer Hot House, Denver, CO, 2010
Michelangelo's Coffee & Wine Bar, Denver, CO, 2009

Group Exhibitions + Events

11th Annual Painted Violin Tour to benefit the Denver Young Artists Orchestra, Denver, 2014 / 2015
Divine Illumination, Mile Hi Church, Lakewood, CO, juried, July - Sept 2014
Denver Hospice Mask Project, Cherry Creek Shopping Center, Denver, by invitation, 2014
Spirit of Openness, Mile Hi Church, Lakewood, CO, juried, July - Sept 2014
Sol Shine Fashion Boutique + Art Gallery, Denver, CO, group exhibition, by invitation, 2014
Art @ the Armory, Brighton Cultural Center, Brighton, CO, group exhibition, by invitation, 2014
Sync Gallery, Denver, CO, monthly group exhibitions in back gallery, 2014

Sync Gallery, Denver, CO, monthly group exhibitions in back gallery, 2013
Holiday Art Boutique & Craft Show, Mile Hi Church, Lakewood, CO, 2013
Grace of Inspiration, Mile Hi Church, Lakewood, CO, juried, 2013
A Night of Music & Art, Schmitt Music, Englewood, CO, by invitation, 2013
Boxed In, Elks Lodge, Wayne, NJ, by invitation, 2013
Garden of Gratitude, Mile Hi Church, Lakewood, CO, juried, 2013
Forget Alzheimer's Association Benefit, Fox & Hound, Lone Tree, CO, silent auction, 2013
Recycled Art & Vivid Colors, 40 West Arts, Lakewood, CO, juried, 2013
Strength of Inclusivity, Mile Hi Church, Lakewood, CO, juried, 2013
Art @ the Armory, Brighton, CO, by invitation, 2013

Dimensions of Oneness, Mile Hi Church, Lakewood, CO, juried, 2012
Wonders of Wisdom, Mile Hi Church, Lakewood, CO, juried, 2012
Start the Dream, Habitat for Humanity, Evergreen, CO, silent auction, 2012
Inspire, 40 West Arts, Lakewood, CO, juried, 2012
Forget Alzheimer's Association Benefit, Pub on Pearl, Denver, CO, silent auction, 2012
Denver Hospice Mask Project, Cherry Creek Shopping Center, Denver, CO, by invitation, 2012
Center of Wholeness, Mile Hi Church, Lakewood, CO, juried, 2012
Art and Music Night, Mercury Cafe, Denver, CO, by invitation, 2012
Higher Consciousness of Power, Mile Hi Church, Lakewood, CO, juried, 2012
Art @ the Armory, Brighton, CO, by invitation, 2012

Forget Alzheimer's Association Benefit, Pub on Pearl, Denver, CO, silent auction, 2011
Music for MS, Hillside Community Church, Golden, CO, featured artist / silent auction, 2011
A Sacred Journey, Rhythm Sanctuary, Edgewater, CO, featured artist / silent auction, 2011

It's Not Black & White, Miners Alley Playhouse, Golden, CO, by invitation, 2010
Yin & Yang, Mile Hi Church, Lakewood, CO, juried, 2010
Art Farm, Denver Urban Gardens, Denver, CO, 2010
Art of the Rockies, Poncha Springs, CO, juried, Honorary Mention ribbon, 2010
Portals, Mile Hi Church, Lakewood, CO, juried, 2010
Your Keys to the City, 16th St. Mall, Denver, CO, by invitation, 2010
Hope, Strings Restaurant, Denver, CO, by invitation, 2010
Magic, Mile Hi Church, Denver, CO, juried, 2010
Denver Hospice Mask Project, Cherry Creek Shopping Center, Denver, CO, 2010
Movement, Mile Hi Church, Denver, CO, juried, 2010

Art Farm, Denver Urban Gardens, Denver, CO, 2009
Mandalas, Mile Hi Church, Lakewood, CO, juried, 2009

Live Painting + Teaching

Live Painting Demonstration, Sol Shine, Denver, CO, by invitation, June 2014
Guest Art Instructor, Art House, Northville, MI, by invitation, October 2011
Art Instructor, Carillon Retirement Community, Boulder, CO, by invitation, June - August 2011
Live Painter, Yoga Rocks the Park, Denver, CO, June & July 2011

Judged + Curated Exhibitions

Gallery Manager, Foothills Art Center, Golden, CO, 2014
Back Gallery Crew Member, Sync Gallery, Denver, CO, 2013 - 2014
Judge + Assistant Curator, Fine Arts Ministry, Mile Hi Church, Lakewood, CO, 2009 - 2014
Curator, It's Not Black & White, Miners Alley Playhouse, Golden, CO, 2010

Past Representation

Sync Gallery, Member, Denver, CO, by invitation, November 2013 - 2014
Gallery24seven.com, Flagship Resident Artist, by invitation, June 2013 - 2014

Accolades

Featured Artist of the Month, Gallyer24seven.com, December 2013
Honorable Mention ribbon, Moment of Suspense, Art of the Rockies, Poncha Springs, CO, 2010
Featured Artist of the Month, DenverArtists.com, May 2010

Memberships

Rocky Mountain Women Writers, Founding Member, Golden, CO, 2009 - Present
Fine Arts Ministry, Mile Hi Church, Lakewood, CO, Member, 2009 - 2015
Art District Santa Fe, Denver, CO, Member, November 2013 - 2014
40 West Arts, Member, Lakewood, CO, 2012 - 2013
Denver Art Society, Member, Denver, CO, 2010 - 2013
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Installation

In addition to creating art,
I love organizing, curating, and
installing art shows!

Press

Denver Post

In 2010 I was interviewed by the Denver Post about the piano I painted for the city of Denver.

Canvas for a Cause

Each year a portion of the profits
from my painting sales are donated
to organizations I believe in.

"Infinite Love"
mixed media on canvas
Multiple Sclerosis Society