Marcelle Foxley Roemmich grew up in the Matanuska Valley in Palmer. Though she started life nestled in the mountains of that valley, she has always loved the ocean. As a child, she traveled to southeast Alaska every summer, where she would spend her days on the ocean: swimming in the frigid seawater, pulling up crab pots, exploring small islands from a skiff, and discovering the diverse marine creatures living in the tidal pools. The awe-inspiring, adventurous summers on Admiralty Island formed her identity and inspired the aesthetics for her art.
As she grew older, her love for the Alaskan waters progressed. She landed her first job as a deckhand in the quirky, yet quaint, little town of Whittier. Though she left for Montana State University to pursue a degree in art education during the winter months, she returned to Whittier each summer to work on boats. In 2014, she achieved her status as a boat captain. Ever since, she has worked captaining vessels each summer, including for Major Marine Tours on Resurrection Bay in Seward, and taking winter sabbaticals to focus on creating her art.
Her grandfather, a commercial fisherman, left a large stack of nautical charts in the rafters of a shed on his property on Admiralty Island, just outside of Juneau. Marcelle’s uncle, a commercial fisherman himself, gifted her these antiques. She immediately thought, “What better to do with unique, weathered charts then paint on them?” She was captivated with exploring numerous artistic techniques to portray different marine and terrestrial species, as well as planes, on nautical and aeronautical charts and topographical maps. She now has an extensive collection of charts and maps from throughout Alaska given to her from various people pleased to get rid of “old clutter.” Typically, she paints marine life, animals, boats, or planes geographically specific to her charts. To see more of Marcelle’s art, visit mfoxleyart.com.
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