Marion Quick grew up in the small far west Texas town of Marfa, in the Big Bend area of Texas. His family moved there from San Angelo, Texas in 1958 and he started the second grade that year. His grandmother introduced him to the world of art, she was a painter in the academic methods of her time having studied with Jose Arpa and Xavier Gonzales in San Antonio, Texas. Her name was Margaret Wright Tupper. As a kid he felt that art was important and he wanted to know it somehow. He received a BFA in studio art in 1974 and believes that he has been getting to know art for a long time and feels that it has many languages, like music.
Artist Statement: “I recognize color as the evidence of light we live in. I paint in watercolor on paper because of the transparency it has. I paint for the most part in a representational format. Depiction of reality and non- representational (or abstract) are very near each other. Each has an essence that is part of the other. Non-representational expression always seems to have the suggestion of something real and representational always has the suggestion of something abstract. Through the years I have migrated between the two as a vehicle for subject matter to be explored and painted.”
Marion's "Artist Focus" Feature as Seen in American Art Collector Magazine 2017