21 Under 31 | Marissa Perry Saints

COLLECTING WATER, ACRYLIC, 20 x 16.
COLLECTING WATER, ACRYLIC, 20 x 16.

By Bonnie Gangelhoff

BORN: Royal Oak, MI.

ART EDUCATION: “I’m mostly self-taught but I’ve taken classes at the Colorado Academy of Art in Boulder and the University of Arizona in Tucson.”

STYLE: Expressive figurative.

FIRST ART SALE: “In 2004 Café Tu Tu Tango, a tapas bar in Miami, hired artists to paint there, and I sold a painting of an abstract nude for around $100.”

SECOND-CHOICE CAREER: Singer/songwriter.

OTHER PASSIONS: “Spending time with my family, my faith, and exploring other cultures and languages. I’ve traveled, studied, and lived in Chile, and I lived and worked in Malawi, East Africa.”

MANTRA OR MOTTO: “Full speed ahead.”

BIGGEST FEAR: “Allowing my lack of confidence to sabotage good opportunities.”

BEST ADVICE RECEIVED: “Follow your passions, because those are your gifts.”

PET PEEVE: Gum smacking and biting into popsicles.

FAVORITE ARTWORK BY ANOTHER ARTIST: Work by artists Gayle Crites and Terry Maker.

PRICE RANGE: $300 to $3,000.

NEXT BIG GOAL: “To get an exhibition in Denver and to make my work more narrative. I feel like I have a lot of stories to tell.”

CREATIVE SPARK: Solitude, the outdoors, and showers.

GALLERIES: www.perryartstudio.com.

Featured in our annual  “21 Under 31″ article in September 2008