Escondido, CA, United States
About Marsha Boston
During the last two decades, my work has centered on the myths and concepts that have defined our relationship to nature. While researching the widespread application of recombinant DNA technology to our food crops, I discovered my fascination and delight with the subject of botany. My work evolved out of my concern over the uncertain realities of genetic engineering, the accelerated speed of human dominion over nature, and my reverence for the miraculous design of plants. I decided to use watercolor and ink to make studies of California indigenous medicinal plants. I was deeply moved by the beauty and power of these plants, and I began studying how indigenous societies made these plants central to their cultures. In these cultures, it is essential for a shaman to achieve inner balance in order to journey into the other worlds and to be an effective healer. Central to my interest in medicinal plants and shamanic practices is this element of balance. For me, art with its capacity for promoting states of equilibrium in which competing influences achieve a dynamic balance, parallels my desire for a human future that is in harmony with the natural world.
University of California, San Diego, M.F.A.
Wattles Mansion Showcase, presented by Reitzhaus
Emory Winship Institute, Atlanta, GA
Mandarin Oriental, Washington, D.C.
Quantum of the Seas, Royal Caribbean Intl.
China World Trade Center in Beijing
Four Seasons Hotel, Marrakech, Morocco
Alliance Bernstein Investments, Inc., N.Y.
Sharp Memorial Hospital, San Diego, Calif.
Estancia Hotel, La Jolla, Calif.
Hilton, La Jolla Torrey Pines, Calif.
Vdara Spa, CityCenter, Las Vegas, Nev.
Fourpoints Hotel, Guangzhou, China
MGM Mirage CityCenter, Las Vegas, Nev.
Four Seasons Hotel, Houston, Tex.
Buckhead St. Regis Hotel, Atlanta, Ga.
University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
St. Joseph's Hospital, Phoenix, Ariz.
PUBLICATIONS AND REVIEWS:
Studio Visit, Vol. 22, 5/2013
San Diego Home/Garden, City Sleek, 7/2012
San Diego City Beat, 7/2010
The Magic in Painting, Robert L. Pincus, 2010
Living & Writing on America’s Left Coast: Contemporary Women’s Plays, (cover art), 2009
North County Times, 6/13/2009
La Jolla Light, 6/2007, 6/2008
Decor & Style Magazine, San Diego, 6/2007
The San Diego Union-Tribune, 8/2000, 3/2001
Values Made Visual, San Diego Mesa College, 1990
SAATCHI ART COLLECTIONS:
2016 Different Strokes: Contemporary Paintings
2016 Artist of the Day - January 4th
2015 Fifty Shades of Fall
2015 Floral and Plants
2014 Affordable Originals
2014 Colors of Fall: New Abstract Paintings
2014 Common Ground, Escondido Municipal Gallery, Escondido, Calif.
2013 Root of the Matter II, Hera Hub, Sorrento Mesa, San Diego, Calif.
2013 Root of the Matter, Jacobs Family Library, La Jolla, Calif.
2012 Fragile Balance, Bread & Cie, San Diego, Calif.
2010 Remembering Water, Jacobs Family Library, La Jolla, Calif.
2008 Tomol Crossing, Escondido Municipal Gallery, Escondido, Calif.
2002 Transgenic Garden, LJCD Blankenship Board Room, La Jolla, Calif.
1989 Living Quarters, The Art Scene, San Diego, Calif.
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS:
2010 Pure Painting 3, San Diego Public Library, San Diego, Calif.
2009 Holiday Show, Anelle Gandelman Gallery, Larchmont, N.Y.
2008 Works on Paper, Anelle Gandelman Gallery, Larchmont, N.Y.
2008 Pink 2008, Soho Myriad, Atlanta Ga.
2008 Mixture, Featured Artist, San Diego, Calif.
2008 Fresh stART, Art Expressions Gallery, San Diego, Calif.
2008 4th Annual El Cajon Invitational, St. Claire Gallery, El Cajon, CA
2007 New Works/New Forms, Art Expressions Gallery, San Diego, Calif.
2006 Art Twogether, UCSD International House, San Diego, Calif.
2006 Group Exhibition, Fairmount Gallery, Dallas, Tex.
2006 Group Exhibition, Art Expressions Gallery, San Diego, Calif.
2005 Group Exhibition, Linda Durnell Gallery, Los Gatos, Calif.
2004 Escondido Municipal Gallery, Juried Exhibition, Escondido, Calif.
2001 Oceanside Museum of Art Juried Exhibition, Oceanside, Calif.
2000 Athenaeum Annual Juried Exhibition, La Jolla, CA