Marcy Gregg is an incredibly gifted artist with an incredibly unique and inspiring story. She has been an integral part of ANFA, consistently bringing us her hard work and determination since we have been open. A local artist originally from Texas, her studio is nestled in Dilworth Artisan Station right here in Charlotte, NC. We are highlighting her this week not only for her dynamic abstracts and beautiful color palettes, but also for her consistently positive + faithful outlook.
You begin every canvas by writing a scripture in red. Can you tell us a little about your process? Are your color palettes inspired by the scripture or do those come more intuitively?
“It’s true, I begin every piece with a Bible verse. The verse is usually something that specifically speaks to me during my morning quiet time. Once it’s written across the entire canvas, I begin choosing the colors. Color excites me as an artist, and I just choose intuitively; mixing my palette as I go along.”
What keeps you inspired to create?
“I am inspired by color, shapes and lines that I see all around me. I also listen to music when painting. Music always inspires me.”
There are so many layers to your work. How do you know when a piece is finished? That is always tricky. When do you walk away?
“When I began to feel that I am finished I will set the work aside for several days…even a week or two. Then I put the painting back on the easel. If at that point it feels done… I sign it.”
Do you have an all time favorite piece? If so, which one and why do you gravitate towards it?
“I do. It’s actually in the foyer of my home. It is the colors of the large 60×60 painting, “Happy Song” that make me smile. I just couldn’t sell that one.”
How do you feel about commissions?
“Commissions are an exciting and welcomed challenge. I always appreciate the opportunity to create for someone or some place specifically.”
During this time of social distancing, what book or movie would you recommend to our readers?
“The book, God is Able by Priscilla Shirer. It is a great read!”
Other than art, what is your favorite hobby?
“I enjoy my mornings at the gym, and when I get the opportunity, I love to travel.”
If you could have dinner with any living or deceased artist, who would it be? Where would you take them?
“I would love to have dinner with Paul Cezanne. I would ask him to take me to his hometown of Aix-en-Provence, and there we talk about all that we have talked about today…his color palette, his inspiration, his favorite piece, and how he knew a painting was finished. That dinner would be amazing!”
In November we showcased your new body of work in Standing Still. In addition to your abstracts, you created very Cezanne inspired still lifes. Viewers were in love with the unique perspectives and bold color palettes. What can we expect to see next from Marcy Gregg?
“Since I will be out of my studio with the recent ‘Stay at Home’ order issued, I will begin a new series of small gouache on paper paintings. No large oil paintings done in my townhome!”
Follow Marcy on Instagram and stay tuned to see the new gouache paintings she is going to be creating while the “Stay at Home” order is in effect.
—Logan Sutton, Gallery Coordinator