Pastel Art of Marjorie Cranston
Jackstraw Mountain Gallery
Thank you for visiting my web site !! Please visit often as I add new art frequently.
I live in Grand Lake, Colorado at the entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park. We have a small town of a little over 400 people and in the summer we boast a population of almost 10,000 and visitors in the thousands that enjoy our western town with boardwalks next to Colorado's natural Grand Lake. That adjoins Shadow Mountain Lake, and Lake Granby. We are so blessed with this atmosphere and it is inspiring for art ! I own my own gallery and so paint in front of the many visitors during most of the year. As a result I sell art and ship all over the country and even Europe.
On this site you will see art from Italy since my daughter and family work and live in Torino, Italy. Also I have painted the wine country in Napa, and have developed a love of old trucks and cars most likely inspired by the grandchildren. I have also started painting historical figures such as Lillian Gish (performed at the Central City Opera House) and of course my all time favorite cowgirl, Annie Oakley.
I grew up in Lansing Michigan and began drawing at age 4. My favorite aunt who was an artist helped me cultivate my love for art in those early years. Later I won the art award in High School and went on to study Life Drawing at Michigan State, then furthered my education at the Art Students League in Denver Co., and finished my education at Colorado Christian. I graduated in Business which has helped me tremendously in the gallery and in the Interior Design business which I still do.
I have been in various galleries and have also been published in many magazines for both art and design.
Most recently I developed a clothing line from my art and that has been so much fun. You can see and purchase the clothing at MarjorieCranstonsWearableArt and visit my design website as well. Please, if you ever need to reach me in person I would welcome your calls and questions. I am at Jackstraw Gallery, 970-627-8111!