Marion Harcourt

©Marion Harcourt, North Beach Chatham. Oil 16 x 20 inches.

I grew up in Poughkeepsie, NY, near an artist who illustrated children’s books. That was the beginning of my love for art at the age of four. At ten, my first teacher was Winn Plenninger who taught the neighborhood children watercolor every Thursday evening for two hours for fifty cents. Betty Warren Herzog was my second teacher who taught oil painting.

At Elmira College, I graduated with a major in English and Art History. For many years I painted little, as I raised four children and helped my husband in his architectural practice. We also had a tour company for seniors and conducted tours all over the world. Now I have returned to my love of painting. My teachers include Charles Sovak, Rosalie Nadeau, Bill Maloney, and Robert Mesrop. I paint in watercolor and oil, and do pictures for children as well as paint nature. I also have written children’s books and illustrated two. The stories come to me in pictures first.

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