Marion Spencer BA ( 'Mars' ).
I have been a self employed artist since the early eighties but recently returned to my creating, after a break of almost 15 years and discovering new directions.
Born & raised in South Somerset, my roots are firmly in the west country. I studied at Yeovil College, then Bath Academy of Art and was involved in the first Somerset Arts Week. During the 80s & 90s I was making and selling my own ceramics and graphic works under the trading name of Jadar, both directly and through fairs and retail outlets across Somerset and Hampshire,whilst working along side my mother, rocking horse maker Margaret Spencer.
Returning to England in 2004, after three years in the USA, life took a different path for a while including almost 10 years as a journalist/photographer on the 'View From' series of local free papers, covering community news and events in my hometown areas of Crewkerne, Chard & Ilminster.
Now living in the beautiful Purbeck countryside of Dorset, having taken voluntary redundancy and following a serious illness , I emerged back into the world of art,becoming involved in Purbecks Art Weeks 2017 as their offical photographer. In 2018 I joined as an artist and exhibited in Rollington Barn. Later that year , artist Gina Marshall invited me to be a resident artist for six months in her new collective 'Purbeck New wave Gallery' based in Swanage. Selling my ceramics and acrylic paintings. I continue to exhibit at Purbeck Arts Weeks and other local venues such as The Old Blacksmiths at Creech and Dorset Centre for the Arts in Poundbury, Dorchester.
I am a ceramic sculptor, artist and illustrator, painting in acrylics and drawing with inks and pastels currently working on a children's story.
" I like to make things that make people smile, after recovering from a serious illness I am like the phoenix rising and count my blessings daily. Looking at life from a new perspective can reveal true beauty in many things and colour is everywhere. The sun does shine every day, just sometimes you have to look beyond the clouds but then, even clouds have a beauty".