Mona Marshall, a visual artist currently living in Austin, Texas and Saturna, B.C., has always had an interest in the relationship of the natural world with human enterprise. Heaven, Dry Earth and the Weather drawings were each explorations of our place in the natural world and our impact on it. An earlier series, Skin Deep, has to do with the man-made environment.
The most recent work for her solo show at Southwest School of Art, called Three Stories About Water, tells the stories of the absence of water, the beneficence of ancient sources of water deep underground, and the paths by which water travels.
Marshall has an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. She also studied at Tyler School of Art in Rome and has exhibited work in San Francisco, Santa Monica, and New York. In Texas, she has shown in Fort Worth, San Antonio, Houston, and in Austin, at the Austin Museum of Art. In 2012 she won the first place award in the “International Encaustic Exhibition”, and in 2003 she won first prize in “Celebrating Texas Art” in Houston. Marshall has been granted four residencies at the MacDowell Colony and was a Visiting Artist at the American Academy in Rome. She was a Professor of Visual Art at College of the Mainland until 2010, and became a Master Naturalist in Austin, Texas in 2012.