Artwork by Marcie Long
. The words of Black Elk "man is a relative of all that is," resonate throughout my work. I try to find the essence or power in each subject: vegetables, flowers, birds, or cultural portraits and landscapes. In 2001 my 25 years in graphic design transformed into a professional career as artist and photographer. I started a serious study of plein air painting. I joined the San Francisco Artists Guild in 2007 and showed my work in the best outdoor venues in California: Union Square, GGP's Music Concourse, Huntington Park. I shoot food photography for Pamela's Products. A painter since a child; I am self-taught, taking courses and workshops often. Bright colors and biologically correct details are one hallmark of my paintings but I think more surprising are the energy or lethargy you might find in paintings of tomatoes or peppers. My last three vegetable paintings have taken the not quite still life paintings, of popping peppers or falling stacks of tomatoes, and increased the energy in the depiction to correlate with the energy in the veggie itself.