Three weeks after receiving my BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University, I caught a one-way bus to New York City.  Fleeing a successful career selling animation to the world’s top advertising agencies, I’ve since illustrated comics (Valiant and ElfQuest), painted book & album covers, and created artwork for various entertainment companies.  I also do a spot of storyboarding for the movie industry.

After 9-11, I relocated to New Orleans, just in time for Hurricane Katrina.  Opportunity lives where most fear to tread, so I bought a flooded, moldy heap in the 9th Ward. It is truly the house that tenacity built.

Now, I paint visual metaphors for the human condition (it makes sense when you see the whole body of work), and enough people love my stuff that I make a full-time living with it. My mom’s just happy I don’t ask her for money anymore.

My book Lightsurfing: Living Life in the Front of My Mouth is an illustrated, anecdotal, autobiographical journey of what it takes to carve your own path in the world.

Thanks for poking around, contact me at marrusart AT yahooo if you need me!

10 thoughts on “Biography

  1. Hi Marrus
    I was on Frenchmen last night and stopped in the Art Garden. Your painting “Depressions End” really caught my eye. I’m at stay at home mom so I don’t have money to buy a painting though I wish I did! This is one of my favorite paintings i have seen in New Orleans in the 3 times I’ve been and I just wanted to drop you a note and compliment you on it. You told me you had a bad year last year and I really did too so- that resonated with me along with the painting! I just wanted to tell you that your work is beautiful!

  2. A mercurial punk rock pixie introduced me to your work, just today, in the early morning hours. It’s really beautiful, and inspired, and disturbing in all the right ways. I especially like the She-demon pieces, and I’ll confess a soft spot for the back view of the reaching man. And of course, Soul Owning. Brava.

    1. “A mercurial punk rock pixie” sounds like one of my paintings:) Please thank her for me – I’m glad you like my work!

  3. I love Depressions End. I know Malcom Gillard who met you in New Orleans and bought Depressions End and I just love it, so I bought it aswell.

      1. No problem, I had depression and I finally got through it and when I saw your artwork Depressions End and it made me smile harder than I ever had before.

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