Marcia Willman’s life-long love of watercolors was first inspired by family friend and renowned Kansas City watercolor artist, Mathew Monks. She took her first art class with Mathew at the Nelson Atkins Museum as a child. After graduating college with a degree in political science, Marcia moved to San Francisco where she learned watercolor and collage art from Canadian artist, David Tygesen. She started a Color Xerox art business before Color Xerox was commercially available and tagged the streets of San Francisco with collage art play bills featuring punk bands before returning to Kansas City where she pursued a Master’s in Public Administration and worked for years in nonprofit management. As a creative outlet while working, Marcia took watercolor classes with Ed Fenendael from 1998 through 2013 and completed a certificate in fine arts with a painting emphasis from the Kansas City Art Institute in 2010. Recently she has taken workshops with Master watercolor artists Joseph Zbukvic, Andy Evansen, Alvaro Castagnet, and Mary Whyte.
Marcia has participated in numerous solo, juried, invitational and group shows since 2000. Her works are held in corporate and private collections from California to New York.
Since 2012, Marcia concentrates on painting en plein air (outdoors). She thrives on the challenge, camaraderie, and encouragement of spectators and other plein air artists at regional outdoor festivals held in small towns, rural areas, parks, and on the streets of Kansas City. Marcia has enjoyed winning a few awards and selling a number of paintings in these regional competitions.
In 2008, Marcia launched Watercolors for a Cause to help two Kenyan children living in poverty. Marcia raised over $8,000 from the sale of her watercolors to pay educational expenses for both children and purchase land and building materials when one of the families became homeless.
Marcia created Wine & Watercolor to introduce watercolor techniques to new audiences in a relaxed, social environment. Wine & Watercolors are paint and sip parties held in private homes, businesses and during special events. Each participant takes home a completed painting at the end of a session.
Marcia is a member of the American Watercolor Society, Missouri Watercolor Society, and Missouri Valley Impressionist Society.