Marcia is a Spanish-Californian oil on canvas painter living in New York's West Village.
She has exhibited in Madrid, Barcelona, Milan, Rome, Venice, New York City and the Hamptons. Her art has been turned into cashmere scarves sold at luxury retailer Harvey Nichols in Hong Kong.
Marcia is an impressionist who paints on the floor and at such rapid fire, she captures a view to an eternal New York as if seen through a speeding window cab or the beach in Montauk.
“I’m a surfer, I paint surf and sunsets off photos I took of places I love. I'm seeking to catch the feeling of a perfect moment. I want to cause an effect on the viewer like they're riding on a wave".
Marcia grew up in Madrid which has no beach, so she took to painting the ocean as a kid as a means to treasure her summers in Encinitas and Málaga.
She got her training at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of Madrid and from her two grandmothers who were painters. Marcia Howell from Kansas City, and Filomena de Lorente from Vinaroz Spain: "Filo studied with Sorolla and taught me about light, Marcia gave me my first oils so I could paint her Escondido backyard".
Among her influences she cites: "I don't think I'd be a painter without Pollock, Rothko, Picasso, Van Gogh and if Monet hadn't decided to paint the sky the color of butter."
Marcia's art requires to be seen, moves with the eye and fills a room. Fast brushstrokes both delicate and raw, crash and light up large canvases like a good sunset would.
“I paint to catch that life force behind everything. I believe in art's power to alter a viewer's emotional state and their perception of reality in a physical way".
While born and raised in Spain, she's also related to Edward Howell who built Southampton's Water Mill, so no wonder she found her home in the East End.
Today, Marcia draws her inspiration from her travels, the beaches of Long Island, NYC sunsets and Street Art.
Marcia is also a social and environmental activist who owns an art gallery in New York City dedicated to promoting emerging women artists and creating more diversity in the arts.