Before settling on Cape Cod in 2001, Rory Marcus gained valuable storytelling skills as a producer and writer for TV and film in New York and Los Angeles. After moving here, she focused on promoting the Cape’s cultural riches – specifically marketing the Cape Cod Museum of Art, the Wellfleet Preservation Hall, the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival and the Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum. She also wrote many articles about artists for Cape-wide magazines.
As she immersed herself in the artworld, she developed her own painting skills, learning from many inspirational artists in several of the Cape’s art centers. She was especially influenced by Mary Moquin, Susan Overstreet and Jackie Reeves.
While in college at Columbia University, Rory first learned about global warming and concern about it often came up in her work in TV documentaries and screenwriting. On the Cape she also worked with environmental groups to bring awareness to the issue. In 2016 she was able to meld both writing and art in a collaboration with artists from Miller White Fine Arts to create a short film combining their artwork in her sci-fi narrative – “Saving Gaia: The Seven Thunders.” Their work and and the film were presented together in an exhibition that included talks with environmental organizations.
Over the past several years, Rory has shown her work in several exhibitions, including at the Cape Cod Art Center, the Cape Cod Cultural Center and the Cotuit Center for the Arts.
I’m so grateful to be able to explore my journey as an artist on Cape Cod with its welcoming art centers and inspired teachers. Art is an important part of my life and its value is immense as a healthy and a life-affirming pursuit. As my work as moved from representational to more abstract, it’s taught me to be more focused, for instance, to see more deeply as I explored flowers and waves, and to be more aware of my feelings as I pushed forward with color and my imagination.
During the pandemic, I was drawn to the theme of the power of earth’s evolution and moved to explore its constantly changing beauty through painting.
Being confined to home, I traveled to imaginary places and created the series of “Journey to the Unknown.” It is primarily color that excites me to move into these new spaces working quickly with acrylics, brushes and palette knives on wooden boards.
I hope my journey as an artist moves the viewer to explore their own image of earth, and appreciate art in their lives.