Grand Opera House


Marcia Dalton


Art medium(s): Acrylic and mixed media paintings

How do you describe your art? My studio is a “lab” because I’m passionate about experimenting with texture. I try new techniques to  invite people into my creations where they can explore, not only their eyes, but with their fingertips, too.

As an eco-artist, I strive to use repurposed materials as often as possible, finding inspiration even in discarded items I discover in dusty thrift shop corners, flea markets, or giveaways. A scrap of burlap might become a field, a piece of textured paper might be torn to become the ragged edges of  hills or mountains or clouds. Using nontraditional art materials excites me and each acrylic abstract painting is a journey for me, and hopefully, for the viewer, too. My objective is that each piece evokes its own mood and tells its own story.

Were you always interested in following a creative path? Yes, from a very young age.

What does your “day-in-the-life” as an artist look like? Morning tea, then into my home studio if I’m feeling inspired.

Where do you get your creative inspiration? Everywhere! But quite often from discarded items that could create interesting texture.

What is your personal favorite piece to date? That’s always changing, but I’d have to say “Interruption” and “Stampede.”

Have you faced any challenges as an artist? Mainly building a following and navigating the ever-changing world of social media as a platform for an artist.

Favorite fellow artist: Patrice Trauth (, an encaustic artist.

Early bird or night owl? Night owl.

Music/podcasts while working or silence? Funny you should ask… I prefer silence, but since I share space with my husband’s vintage stereo workshop I get to listen to music, too.

Dog or cat person? Both! Roy, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and Vinny, a rescued tuxedo cat.

Is the glass half full or half empty? Half full.

What makes you sad: Losing loved ones.

What makes you happiest: Being in nature and getting accomplished and crossed off my list.

To see and learn more, visit @mdaltonartist on Instagram and Backspace Arts on Etsy.

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