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Marissa can be found knee-deep in vintage illustration books and magazines plucked from thrift stores and half-priced book shops. Marissa creates ethereal, whimsical collage works and earned her BA in Studio Art from Oklahoma Baptist University in 2012. It was not until 2014 that Marissa picked up the Xacto knife and began working in collage. Marissa creates ethereal, whimsical collage works on paper.
Mike's earliest memories of art were related to literature. His mother was a teacher and taught him to read at a very early age. The marriage of image and words seems so natural, so linked. As a professional artist and illustrator he penned a quote that perfectly describes this sentiment; “Words are the wings of our imagination, but pictures are the final destination.” For Mike, the message of a painting, and now sculpture, and what it conveys to the viewer is preeminent. If it doesn’t communicate the idea of the painter or creator it is a failure, no matter how beautifully painted or how great the technique used in its creation is.