21 Under 31: Young Artists to Watch in 2018: Elizabeth “Ellie” Marcial


Elizabeth Marcial, San Pedro Square, watercolor, 8 x 14.

Elizabeth Marcial, San Pedro Square, watercolor, 8 x 14.

Art Education: I am currently completing my master’s degree in art education at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, CA. I am studying and working my way toward becoming an art teacher for a public middle school.

Creative Spark: My creativity comes from my siblings. I am the oldest daughter and the third child of nine children. I was given the position of being Mom No. 2 to my six youngest siblings, and they were always filled with imagination, creative thoughts, and aspirations. Whenever I would have artist’s block, they were always there to give my creative mind an extra boost to draw and paint again.

Second-Choice Career: A welder. I was, and still am, attracted to anything related to vehicles, steel, and how things work. I am a hands-on, kinesthetic learner. I like building 3-D models, whether out of construction paper, popsicle sticks, cardboard, or metal.

Other Passions: I love exploring, whether it be another city, state, or country. Exploring leads to learning, which leads to an enrichment of one’s knowledge. I also have a passion for playing the piano and soccer.

One Thing People Don’t Know About You: I like to watch anime and Korean shows.

Biggest Fear: Not being successful after so many years of studying.

Quirkiest Trait: I like to complete math equations when I am stressed with homework.

Mantra or Motto: “Don’t worry about a thing/’cause every little thing gonna be alright,” from Bob Marley.

Future Goals: Work at Six Flags after retirement. I want to be that person on the mic who never gets to “one” on the countdown for the scary rollercoaster.

This story was featured in the September 2018 issue of Southwest Art magazine. Get the Southwest Art September 2018 print issue or digital download now–then subscribe to Southwest Art and never miss another story.

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