** Dear friends, due to "storm watch LA" and in consideration of everyone safety and travel tomorrow. The evening's event for my solo exhibit at Phantom Galleries Hawthorne has been rescheduled to this Saturday evening, December 13, 2014 from 6pm-9pm. Hope y'all can make it and have a safe and dry weekend! Love, Velvet xo

 It is with great pride and pleasure that I announce my first solo exhibition where several of my original artworks will be on display at the Phantom Galleries Hawthorne next Friday, December 12th, 2014 from 6pm-9pm curated by Gloria Plascencia and Martha De Perez. Please consider yourselves all warmly invited and meet me there next Friday night. I'm so excited! Thanks, Velvet XO

Opening night: Friday, December 12, 2014

Location: Phantom Galleries Hawthorne
12619 Hawthorne Blvd
Hawthorne, California 90250

Time: 6pm-9pm

Look forward to seeing you all there!

"Tiny Dancer" (Self-portrait) 20"X 28" Oil on silver gelatin print


My philosophy of the beauty of true art is in it's ability to create emotional responses and to stimulate the imagination in others…specifically, there are no right or wrong answers…the story is whatever it communicates successfully to its viewers. This interaction i believe is the essence and purpose of what creating art is all bring humanity to life is the whole purpose of being. VM 2014



Velvet Marshall is a second generation American painter and artist born and raised in Los Angeles, California. Originally trained in a classical, realistic style she later developed an appreciation for the more progressive work of painters both American and European from the modern abstract expressionist movement of the late 1950s and 1960s.

This form of painting, known as "action painting," had similar ties to the Surreal movement, in that it had a direct relation to the artist's emotions, expression, and mood, and showcased their feeling behind the pieces they designed.

This fusion of freedom and expressionism in conjunction with utilizing classical Flemish and old master techniques developed in a modern way is the basis of Velvet Marshall's style philosophy.

Her background in music, film and print add an additional visual, audio and tactile inspiration in her works which are very textured and sensitive to luminosity; employing recurring motion of biorhythms in the paint to predict various aspects of experiences in life with the primary use of mediums such as oil paint, roofing tar, roofing acrylic latex, watercolor, tea and common household mediums used in daily life.


 "My Paintbrush"

My paintbrush is my scalpel that I use to cut myself
Open and lay it all out there

Naked and bare for the whole to look on
I don’t know why I need to do this

Everything anyone would ever want
To know about me (if anyone even cared)

Is there squeezed out in the paint and canvas raw
The rest is for me alone.

VM 2014

Me working the canvas for my commission painting "DEEP SIX" photo: Monique Ozimkowski

photo: Monique Ozimkowski


Lovey art review featuring my new painting,"TIGHTROPE" (17" x 21" oil & tar on canvas). Which explores the delicate emotions between the thin line of Love and Hate.

Now being exhibited at Torrance Art Museum in Torrance, California until December 5th, 2014. Please stop by for a visit if you get a chance!

Much gratitude and appreciation to dear friend, artist and art critic Sandra Vista for the splendid feature and review. Please follow her and her Art blog "ONE HUNDRED PERCENT RAG"

 Thanks Sandra! XO

Art Reviews, Interviews, Videos, Art in Progress,(en Espanol a veces-sometimes!)

Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Velvet Marshall and Torrance Art Museum

3320 Civic Center Dr
Torrance, CA 90503

Hours : Tues-Sat. 11am-5pm



Presented in conjunction with the Torrance Artists Guild and the South Bay Watercolor Society
South Bay Focus is Torrance Art Museum's annual Contemporary and Traditional juried art exhibition.
Juror: Scott Canty, Director and Curator of the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery

Velvet Marshall and daughter Natassia Perez
in front of Marshall's painting "Tightrope" 2014
featured at South Bay Focus 2014

Exhibiting artists:

Cat Ferraz, Dael Patton, John Chase, Pam Brown, Lelde Bracken, Orion Fisher, Rebecca Schillinger, Lee Clarke, Isabel Fowler, Lynne Mori, Ariel Swartley, Ashley Evans Bandy, Campbell Laird, Lorraine Shue Weber, Lynn Doran, Claudia Bear, Monique Ozimkowski, Winnie Shepardson, Velvet Marshall, Karla Schmidt Commins, Susan Josepher, Jean Shultz, Beth Shibata, Jeanne Dunn, Eunsil Jeoung, Parrish Hirasaki, Jesus Max, Michael Chomick, Kruise Sapstein, Moon Landing, Valerie Wilcox, Cecelia Caro, Ben Zask, Gloria D. Lee, Annemarie Rawlinson, Vivian Wenhuey Chen, Roger Thomas, David Courtney, Maureen Vastardis, Cynthia Stewart, Julia Chu, Vickie Myers, Mary Lou Slagter, Russell Knight, Cie Gumucio, Michelle Deniaud, Nina Zak Laddon, Marie-Laure ILIE, Luis Avalos, Suzanne Kuuskmae, Herlinda Rojas Giandalia, John Tarlton, Joyce Weiss, Karen Yee, Kelly Greenwood

Posted by Sandra Vista at 9:46 PM


It is with great pride and pleasure that I announce that my painting “Tightrope” 16” x 20” oil and tar on canvas has been selected for inclusion in the South Bay Focus 2014 group exhibition at TAM Torrance Art Museum by guest curator Scott Canty from the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery.

 Exhibition dates are as follows:

South Bay Focus 2014
Exhibition Dates: November 8th – December 5th, 2014
Opening Reception: Saturday, November 8th, 6-9pm
Torrance Art Museum
3320 Civic Center Drive
Torrance,CA 90503

 I look forward to seeing you all there November 8th Opening Night!

“Tightrope” 16” x 20” oil and tar on canvas by Velvet Marshall photo: Monique Ozimkowski


The other night when I was hanging out with my daughter and we were talking about things like two women -- (and wow, what a "revelation" my little girl is a grown up woman and I love hanging out and talking with her lol)

We came up with this animal we named a " Lird" which basically means a Lion + Bird = Lird  haha

I told her as a woman honey, you've got to be sleek, balanced and cognizant like a cat because of the fierceness of this world and you can not let this world crush you into its mold or shape you into it's ugly desire and so you also got to be open, free and honest, spread your wings and fly like a bird -- hahaha

or some such silly nonsense because I had had a few glasses of wine and some Ben and Jerry's ice cream over some tears at the time...

Anyways, then the next day I found this picture on the internet and laughed so hard and every time I think of it I smile and feel empowered for some silly reason.

Lion + Bird = Lird

Furthermore I found this reference when I looked up the word Lird on the internet:

A " lird" is a friendly name for a close friend...or at least in Liverpool it is and I love the Beatles who are from Liverpool and consider them friends as well while I'm painting and listening to their music.

 So, I decided to call my non profit...

-- "LIRDS for the ARTS" a non-profit organization --
    (Friends for the arts)

and our company moto is going to be: Coloring the world to make it a better place!

Additionally, I am going to be putting this company together and I get to work on these new arty ideas with the hopes of giving back to my community and the world by spreading art, love and empowerment with the dream of making a difference for the positive somewhere.

Together we can grow!

My bestest pal from childhood, the talented artist and photographer Catherine Beason will be working on this project with me and with a collection of additional women and artist that I have had the grand pleasure of aquireing thoughout the years of my life... we hope to be in business by the end of August or September.

Lot's of work and paint involved then in the very near future and today so please check out the developments of our first new company project....

A dedication mural honoring the great Martin Luther King Jr. in long Beach on Martin Luther King Boulevard.

Special links and pictures will be posted and updated by myself and Catherine and all of the ladies will share an empowered part of the making of it including the kids from the neighborhood.

Spread your wings and fly everyone! ... BE A LIRD! 

Catherine Beason's Images and Photographs can be seen at


 I am so happy to announce and invite you all to the “ART OF DANCE” a group exhibition featuring many great works from several artist including the talented photographer, my husband James Creighton and myself. Curated by Gloria Plascencia.

The show will open with a bang on Friday, July 18th from 6pm- 9pm at the Frame and Art Dept 950 Aviation Blvd., Hermosa Beach, CA. 90278 and will include special guest performances from tango dancer Ilona Glinarsky extraordinaire and renowned violinist Julliena Okah.

Our husband/wife team collaborated works on display will include:

  • “Mirror Dancer” 20” x 24” digital print by James Creighton
  • “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” 20” x 28” acrylic on silver gelatin print by Velvet Marshall (photo by James Creighton)
  • “Tiny Dancer” (self-portrait) 20” x 28” oil on silver gelatin print by Velvet Marshall
  • “Blue Monday” (self-portrait) 20” x 28” acrylic on silver gelatin print by Velvet Marshall

* The show continues from July 18th through August 30th 2014

Look forward to seeing you all there!



Velvet Marshall warmly invites you to the 3rd Annual CA 101 Art Exhibition
Presented by Redondo Beach Mayor Steve Aspel and the Friends of the Redondo Beach Arts and Redondo Beach Arts Group at Pier Plaza Galleries on the Redondo Beach Pier, California

Featuring her painting:
“Merced Fields” –oil & tar on canvas, 25” x 19”
To be exhibited in the Small Treasures Gallery Collection

Opening Reception is Friday, June 20th from 5pm-9pm
On The Waterfront at the Redondo Beach Pier Plaza
204 West Torrance Blvd., Redondo Beach, CA 90277

Show runs June 20-29 2014
Gallery Hours: Friday, June 20th from 5pm-9pm; Saturday 6/21 & 6/28/14 1-8pm; Sunday 6/22/14 & 6/29/14 1-6pm
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday 6/24-6/27/14 1-7pm

*25% of all art sales will be donated to Friends of Redondo Beach Arts

Hope to see you all there!


  Samples of new artwork I am currently working on for the always fabulous, designer Sandra Espinet for a groovy downtown Pasadena industrial loft. This piece involves using extensive use of the tar. The whole art concept throughout is that it's all street art, from graffiti, to black and white newspaper clippings. Very masculine and lots of texture.

16" x 20" oil & tar on canvas maquette for "Deep Six" painting by Velvet Marshall

After an exhilarating day at the Getty Museum viewing Jackson Pollock's 8' x 20' Mural painting I returned to the studio to resume working. Many consider Pollock to be the grandfather of graffiti art utilizing his fast action painting technique and his unusual choice of mediums. Inspired by his work, especially his painting "Full Fathom Five" I am titling my painting "Deep Six" (a full fathom six).

"Full Fathom Five" by Jackson Pollock

 Artist Notes - "DEEP SIX"

  • Medium: oil and tar on canvas
  • Size: 72"W x 92"H
  • Painting title: “Deep Six” - Based on Shakespeare’s story “The Tempest” (a story of loss, revival and resurrection) and inspired by Jackson Pollock’s painting “Full Fathom Five”
  • Deep Six is a nautical expression indicating a water depth of six fathoms; something thrown overboard at or greater than this depth would be difficult if not impossible to recover; the term “deep six” can also be used to mean, deep insight into something.
  • The under painting and sgraffito marks are symbols and geometric shapes of fish, ship sails, boats and plant life. Miscellaneous items such as rusted nails, buttons, bottles caps, coins and a key are incorporated in the paint resembling various things lost at sea – a pearl button relates back to Shakespeare’s tale of the Tempest - barley visible, a small Mickey Mouse pin symbolizes the artist’s personal note (the loss of my father).

Under painting for "Deep Six" maquette - symbols and geometric shapes of fish, ship sails, boats and plant life.

Designer color swatches

Artist sketch book notes for "Deep Six"

Kersti Malvre, Brenda Harrop, Sandra Espinet, Velvet Marshall-Creighton at the signing party for Sandra's new book "The Well-Traveled Home" hosted at the fabulous Berbere World Imports


I have a dream…

I am so jazzed and honored to announce I have been commissioned to paint a mural on the side of a four story historical building in the city of Long Beach facing Martin Luther King Boulevard, which honors the man that the street was named after. Even more exciting is that this project will include the neighborhood high school and the community of Long Beach in an effort to share art, create love, educate minds and inspire hearts of people in the local community to learn more about this great man, Dr. Martin Luther King, who still inspires us with his dream of justice and equality for all.

Developing information and photos will be posted as the project unfolds here on my blog.


I am excited to announce my painting “Merced Fields” has been selected for inclusion in the CA 101 2014 Exhibition of Contemporary California Art. The show will be held in a beautiful “Pop Up” gallery on the Redondo Beach pier with ocean views. The opening reception is June 20th from 5-9 pm and the show will continue through June 29. Details below:

“Merced Fields” –oil & tar on canvas, 25” x 19” by Velvet Marshall
To be exhibited in the Small Treasures Gallery Collection

CA 101 2014 Exhibition of Contemporary California Art
Nina Zak Laddon - juror/curator
Sandra Dyer Liljenwall – exhibition director

Show runs June 20-29 2014
Opening Reception: Friday, June 20th from 5pm-9pm
On The Waterfront at the Redondo Beach Pier Plaza
204 West Torrance Blvd., Redondo Beach, CA 90277

Gallery Hours: Saturday 6/21 & 6/28/14 1-8pm; Sunday 6/22/14 & 6/29/14 1-6pm
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday 6/24-6/27/14 1-7pm

*25% of all art sales will be donated to Friends of Redondo Beach Arts


Please consider yourselves all warmly invited to join me this Saturday, March 22, 2014 at the South bay Lexus Motion 11 Art Exhibition Reception.

This show will feature my painting "The Bridge Over Troubled Water" (8' x 8' oil & tar on canvas) plus lots of other great artist and their works.

The reception will be from 1pm-4pm located at South Bay Lexus 24777 Crenshaw Blvd., Torrance, CA. 90504.

Admission is free and complementary drinks and hors d'oeuvres will be served. Come and join us! Look forward to seeing you there!

"The Bridge Over Troubled Water" 8' x 8' oil and tar on canvas by Velvet Marshall


S.E. Design Services

Interior designers are a fun bunch of working professionals and people who are creative and inspiring to be around. Working with a designer is another great way to get your art in front of clients who might not have had an opportunity to see your artwork otherwise.

 It's important to keep in mind however, when you are collaborating with a designer, to understand that your painting is just one of the elements they are working with to create an overall image and all of the details have to come together to create the perfect look their client expects. Good communication and flexibility are essential tools for a successful conclusion.

One place to look for a designer to work with is the American Society of Interior Designers 

my sketch book & color palette for designer commissioned artwork

Commissioned artwork "Ode To The Sea" (Pablo Neruda) 68" x 84" oil & tar on canvas by Velvet Marshall

Photo by James Creighton

Sandra Espinet, Renowned luxury interior designer, HGTV personality and author of "The Well Traveled Home":
 I first met Sandy at her beautiful home in Cabo San Lucas while my husband, the photographer James Creighton, was shooting portraits of her for her new interior design book "The Well Traveled Home." She has such a lovely, down to earth personality and great sense of elegance and style ... just the kind of gal you want to become close friends with and invite over to hang out on girls night. So, when she expressed an interest in my art and wanted to commission me for some artwork on a few design projects she was working on I was thrilled.

"The Well Traveled Home" by Sandra Espinet

Photo by James Creighton

Rebecca Hart Benton, Interior Stylist and Decorator at Rebecca Hart Benton Designs and Rebecca Hart Benton Interiors :
Stylish, fun and full of vibrant energy, after years of hearing about this great southern gal through mutual friends of ours, it didn't take long after meeting her in person before I knew DD and I would become fast friends. A talented lady with a heart as big as Texas, Rebecca is always a pleasure to be around. I am looking forward to collaborating with her on her new design projects in the near future. 


Getting your art into an art gallery is one of the first major steps in establishing yourself as a professional artist.  Here are some helpful tips I've found in my pursuit as an emerging artist looking for gallery representation:

  • Get involved in your local art community. 
  • Locate your local art society and join local art groups.
  • Look for public shows and juried events to display your work and enter them.
  • Become familiar with the galleries in your area and look for one that suits your style and personality.
  • Remember, pricing and marketing is the expertise of the gallery so be flexible.

In closing, what you are looking for is a partnership so keep that long term goal in mind.

"Velvet Marshall is an incredible artist. I love her painting at South Bay Lexus In Motion Art Exhibition.
Her style and technique has made "The Bridge Over Troubled Water “ an incredibly beautiful painting."
- Jody Wiggins, The InMotionArtCommittee

A proud moment standing in front of my painting "The Bridge Over Troubled Water" (8' x 8' oil & tar on canvas) with my daughter Nastassia at the South Bay Lexus InMotion Art Exhibition

Me in front of my painting "La Petite Vague" (33 cm x 48 cm oil and tar on paper) at a Silent Art Auction

My painting "The Bridge Over Troubled Water" (8' x 8' oil & tar on canvas) featured in the gallery window at Zask Gallery


When I was a kid it was so easy to be an artist...I just grabbed a pack of crayons and set up my art stand in the main courtyard or the sidewalk outside of my house to harassed the neighbors passing by until they purchased one of my mini masterpieces or series. Of course, I was only charging a buck and a quarter for a series back then lol.

As an artist, selling your art directly to a private collector is not something you want to pursue after you have achieved gallery representation but as a new emerging artist without representation looking to get your work out there it can definitely be an advantageous way to begin selling your work.

A great venue to utilize in this pursuit is social media, to expand your client list and raise your visibility. The friends and contacts you develop through social media networking can also serve as the foundation for your guest list to future gallery openings and shows. The feedback and comments you receive are a valuable window into how your work is perceived by others.

When I joined Facebook, for instance,  it wasn't to sell art. Originally, I was looking to find old friends and make new ones. My list of friends grew and I started posting my paintings and sculptures in different photo albums. Some works were posted in various stages of completion which provided me great joy in being able to share my own experiences as an artist during the whole creation process. Suddenly, I found myself selling my first painting.

One of the things I have enjoyed most from this experience is the personal connection that social media networking  allows you to make with others right from the comfort of your own studio. In my mind, art has to be about a personal connection. It always feels great when a painting is sold because it keeps me on the path of creation. 

Good vibes, my painting "Sargasso Sea" (23"x 45" oil & tar on canvas) found a new home with my dear friend Anjali

"I first saw "Sargasso Sea" when Velvet first posted it online. I knew immediately that I wanted this piece. The way the colors moved through the canvas struck a calmness in me that I hadn't felt in a long time. I knew I needed to bring that into my home. Forever." -  Anjali Raval


In case you missed it the first time here's the lovely review by Sandra Vista, artist and art critic  for the art blog "One Hundred Percent Rag" of my painting "The Bridge Over Troubled Water" (8' x 8' oil & tar on canvas)

 "The Bridge Over Troubled Water" is now currently available and on display until April 15th at South Bay Lexus as a continuation of the South Bay Lexus InMotion 2013 Juried Art Show.

South Bay Lexus InMotion 2013 Exhibition curated by Max Presneill, Curator of the Torrance Art Museum and presented in conjunction with The Curate This Art Group.

South Bay Lexus located at: 24777 Crenshaw Blvd., Torrance, Calif. 90504

Velvet MARSHALL- "The Bridge"

PS Zask Gallery presents:

South Bay Contemporary-a juried open call for art
reception : July 13, 20l3 6-9 pm
July 13- August 25, 2013

550 Deep Valley Drive 151
Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274

Velvet Marshall's large scale painting "The Bridge" is part of a juried exhibition sponsored by the South Bay Contemporary.  This exhibition consists of contemporary artists whose focus exceeds boundaries or themes.  Marshall's 8'x8' abstract painting combines oil paint and roof tar.  The use of mixed-media materials began with the need to paint versus the need for appropriate funds.  However, the roof tar has served to support Marshall's state of mind during the painting's inception.  In our interview she spoke of the healing powers this painting had during her recovery from a traumatic event. The painting became the vehicle for what Marshall calls "the unspoken language".

Marshall's research of her influential artists like Cy Twombly, Antoni Tapies, and Gerhard Richter
helped her to empathize with the emotional background of some of these artists' work.  The artists' influence are present in the slathering application of the roof tar combined with sgrafitto marks.
Tapies has described his sgrafitto marks as traumatic messages from people strewn against the wall.

The balance of color emerging from the background is attributed to Marshall's use of her photographer/husband, James Creighton's, images of underwater plant life. The abstraction of the plants, their beauty and color are similar to Gerhard Richter's thesis to understand and represent reality with paint and various mediums, techniques, and styles.

Velvet Marshall " The Bridge"
Velvet Marshall "Sargasso"
Artists from the exhibition South Bay Contemporary


When I first decided to choose art as a professional career...or rather let me say....when "art" decided to choose me...I began by throwing up a six foot canvas on my living room wall, moving the couch outside and building the stretcher frames right in the middle of the front room of my apartment with my power drill. I had just been laid off my high-powered corporate job (that I hated) and desperate to breath and be "me" again. I was a woman possessed, bursting at the seams with art and inspiration.

Fast forward and three years later I've gotten married and moved into "loft living" with my husband who has lived and worked in lofts as a professional photographer since 1987. We have moved twice since we've gotten married and are currently preparing to move for a third (and hopefully final time) in the all too agonizing search to find the perfect combination of 1) Space for everything (i.e. all of our crap combined) 2) Great natural lighting for photography 3) Hi-ceilings and doorways for large canvases 4) Concrete floors and ventilation for ceramic kiln firing 5) Pet friendly accommodations for our hairy horde (three cats and a dog) and 6) Cheap, affordable rent (an almost impossible task in L.A.)

The one thing I can say is life is a learning process.  For instance, Jim and I have discovered a few things in our travels...always bring a tape measure to size up the doorways to make sure your art and equipment will fit. Never underestimate the benefits of living in a artist community. The ideas, support and inspiration you can get as an artist living among other working artist is invaluable. And last but not least, never minimize the value of a good water heater, sometimes you get what you pay for and I need hot showers and good, working plumbing.  

Here's Jim and I in a few of our places and spaces to date...


Velvet Marshall warmly invites you to South Bay Lexus InMotion 2013 Juried Art Show curated by Max Presneill, Curator of the Torrance Art Museum and presented in conjunction with The Curate This Art Group.

Featuring her painting:
"The Bridge Over Troubled Water"
8' x 8' oil and tar on canvas.

Opening Reception is Saturday December 14, 2013 from 6:00pm - 9:00 p.m.
With complimentary wine, nibbles and general bohemian bonhomie.

The event is located at South Bay Lexus 24777 Crenshaw Blvd., Torrance, Calif. 90504

Show runs from December 14, 2013 through February 15, 2014.

Gala Reception includes:
Avalon Garden's Choir & Drill Team
JazzWest Trio
Precision Dance Company

* 25% of all art sales will go to Switzer Learning Center “nurturing challenged kids to believe, achieve and thrive!”

Hope to see you all there!

"The Bridge Over Troubled Water" 8'x8' oil & tar on canvas by Velvet Marshall


I'm excited that my painting "La Petite Vague" will be included  this Saturday night in the silent art auction accompanying the opening reception for  Zask Gallery's new Contemporary Sculpture show.

"La Petite Vague"
 13" x 20" oil and tar on paper

Opening Reception is from 6pm to 9pm
September 14th at the Zask Gallery
Promenade on the Peninsula
550 Deep Valley Drive - #151
Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274
(310) 429-0973

Hope to see you there!

"La Petite Vague" 13" x 20" oil and tar on paper (Sold)


Velvet Marshall warmly invites you to Zask Gallery's South Bay Contemporary Exhibition of Art by Contemporary Artist without boundary or theme group show.

Featuring her painting:
"The Bridge Over Troubled Water"
8' x 8' oil and tar on canvas.

Opening reception July 13th 6pm - 9pm
With complimentary wine, nibbles and general bohemian bonhomie.
Show runs from July 13 - August 25th 2013

Zask Gallery
Contemporary Art
Promenade on the Peninsula
550 Deep Valley Drive - #151
Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274
310 429 0973

"The Bridge Over Troubled Water" 8' x 8' oil and tar on canvas by Velvet Marshall

* Cat included with purchase of painting.


I am excited to announce that my painting, "The Bridge Over Troubled Water" has been selected to show at Zask Gallery's South Bay Contemporary Juried Art Exhibition. Show runs from July 13- August 25 2013, Reception: Sat., July 13, 6-9pm. Further details and invitations to be posted shortly. See you all there!

"The Bridge Over Troubled Water" 8'x8' oil and tar on canvas by Velvet Marshall

Our cat Whitey, who freelances as the chief art critic for "Cat Fancy Magazine", contemplating my new piece "The Bridge" in early morning sunlight.