Marcia Burtt (b. 1941) graduated from UC Berkeley focusing in pre-med, psychology, and art, and earned a master’s degree in art from the University of Montana. Burtt is a founding member of two groups that paint to protect California’s agricultural, wilderness, and public lands. Through exhibitions with The Oak Group and SCAPE over the past 25 years she has helped to preserve dozens of endangered places.
Burtt’s paintings have been included in a number of exhibitions in regional museums across the country. Her work has frequently appeared in art publications, most recently a feature article in the Fall 2011 issue of Plein Air Magazine. She was included in the Rizzoli book, California Light: A Century of Landscapes, by Jean Stern and Molly Siple (2011).
Marcia Burtt received Art of the West’s Award of Excellence in the California Art Club’s Centennial exhibition, 2011.
Her work is included in the collections of Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles and MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston among other private and public collections.
Burtt is drawn to qualities of color and light and how they form changing abstract patterns throughout the day. Burtt’s paintings rely on bold, expressive brush strokes. She focuses with great intensity on every subtlety of changing light.
“Making a painting, for me, is a process of studying a subject over a period of hours or days. Eliciting meaning from a random collection of natural objects requires imposing structure while at the same time receptively seeing in a sensual way. This dance between perception and intellect to create an object that holds a unique communication is the great joy of being a painter.”