Saturday, December 6, 2014


 ** Dear friends, due to "storm watch LA" and in consideration of everyone safety and travel tomorrow. The evening's event for my solo exhibit at Phantom Galleries Hawthorne has been rescheduled to this Saturday evening, December 13, 2014 from 6pm-9pm. Hope y'all can make it and have a safe and dry weekend! Love, Velvet xo

 It is with great pride and pleasure that I announce my first solo exhibition where several of my original artworks will be on display at the Phantom Galleries Hawthorne next Friday, December 12th, 2014 from 6pm-9pm curated by Gloria Plascencia and Martha De Perez. Please consider yourselves all warmly invited and meet me there next Friday night. I'm so excited! Thanks, Velvet XO

Opening night: Friday, December 12, 2014

Location: Phantom Galleries Hawthorne
12619 Hawthorne Blvd
Hawthorne, California 90250

Time: 6pm-9pm

Look forward to seeing you all there!

"Tiny Dancer" (Self-portrait) 20"X 28" Oil on silver gelatin print


My philosophy of the beauty of true art is in it's ability to create emotional responses and to stimulate the imagination in others…specifically, there are no right or wrong answers…the story is whatever it communicates successfully to its viewers. This interaction i believe is the essence and purpose of what creating art is all bring humanity to life is the whole purpose of being. VM 2014



Velvet Marshall is a second generation American painter and artist born and raised in Los Angeles, California. Originally trained in a classical, realistic style she later developed an appreciation for the more progressive work of painters both American and European from the modern abstract expressionist movement of the late 1950s and 1960s.

This form of painting, known as "action painting," had similar ties to the Surreal movement, in that it had a direct relation to the artist's emotions, expression, and mood, and showcased their feeling behind the pieces they designed.

This fusion of freedom and expressionism in conjunction with utilizing classical Flemish and old master techniques developed in a modern way is the basis of Velvet Marshall's style philosophy.

Her background in music, film and print add an additional visual, audio and tactile inspiration in her works which are very textured and sensitive to luminosity; employing recurring motion of biorhythms in the paint to predict various aspects of experiences in life with the primary use of mediums such as oil paint, roofing tar, roofing acrylic latex, watercolor, tea and common household mediums used in daily life.

Saturday, November 29, 2014


 "My Paintbrush"

My paintbrush is my scalpel that I use to cut myself
Open and lay it all out there

Naked and bare for the whole to look on
I don’t know why I need to do this

Everything anyone would ever want
To know about me (if anyone even cared)

Is there squeezed out in the paint and canvas raw
The rest is for me alone.

VM 2014

Me working the canvas for my commission painting "DEEP SIX" photo: Monique Ozimkowski

photo: Monique Ozimkowski


Lovey art review featuring my new painting,"TIGHTROPE" (17" x 21" oil & tar on canvas). Which explores the delicate emotions between the thin line of Love and Hate.

Now being exhibited at Torrance Art Museum in Torrance, California until December 5th, 2014. Please stop by for a visit if you get a chance!

Much gratitude and appreciation to dear friend, artist and art critic Sandra Vista for the splendid feature and review. Please follow her and her Art blog "ONE HUNDRED PERCENT RAG"

 Thanks Sandra! XO

Art Reviews, Interviews, Videos, Art in Progress,(en Espanol a veces-sometimes!)

Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Velvet Marshall and Torrance Art Museum

3320 Civic Center Dr
Torrance, CA 90503

Hours : Tues-Sat. 11am-5pm



Presented in conjunction with the Torrance Artists Guild and the South Bay Watercolor Society
South Bay Focus is Torrance Art Museum's annual Contemporary and Traditional juried art exhibition.
Juror: Scott Canty, Director and Curator of the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery

Velvet Marshall and daughter Natassia Perez
in front of Marshall's painting "Tightrope" 2014
featured at South Bay Focus 2014

Exhibiting artists:

Cat Ferraz, Dael Patton, John Chase, Pam Brown, Lelde Bracken, Orion Fisher, Rebecca Schillinger, Lee Clarke, Isabel Fowler, Lynne Mori, Ariel Swartley, Ashley Evans Bandy, Campbell Laird, Lorraine Shue Weber, Lynn Doran, Claudia Bear, Monique Ozimkowski, Winnie Shepardson, Velvet Marshall, Karla Schmidt Commins, Susan Josepher, Jean Shultz, Beth Shibata, Jeanne Dunn, Eunsil Jeoung, Parrish Hirasaki, Jesus Max, Michael Chomick, Kruise Sapstein, Moon Landing, Valerie Wilcox, Cecelia Caro, Ben Zask, Gloria D. Lee, Annemarie Rawlinson, Vivian Wenhuey Chen, Roger Thomas, David Courtney, Maureen Vastardis, Cynthia Stewart, Julia Chu, Vickie Myers, Mary Lou Slagter, Russell Knight, Cie Gumucio, Michelle Deniaud, Nina Zak Laddon, Marie-Laure ILIE, Luis Avalos, Suzanne Kuuskmae, Herlinda Rojas Giandalia, John Tarlton, Joyce Weiss, Karen Yee, Kelly Greenwood

Posted by Sandra Vista at 9:46 PM

Tuesday, October 21, 2014


It is with great pride and pleasure that I announce that my painting “Tightrope” 16” x 20” oil and tar on canvas has been selected for inclusion in the South Bay Focus 2014 group exhibition at TAM Torrance Art Museum by guest curator Scott Canty from the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery.

 Exhibition dates are as follows:

South Bay Focus 2014
Exhibition Dates: November 8th – December 5th, 2014
Opening Reception: Saturday, November 8th, 6-9pm
Torrance Art Museum
3320 Civic Center Drive
Torrance,CA 90503

 I look forward to seeing you all there November 8th Opening Night!

“Tightrope” 16” x 20” oil and tar on canvas by Velvet Marshall photo: Monique Ozimkowski

Friday, July 25, 2014


The other night when I was hanging out with my daughter and we were talking about things like two women -- (and wow, what a "revelation" my little girl is a grown up woman and I love hanging out and talking with her lol)

We came up with this animal we named a " Lird" which basically means a Lion + Bird = Lird  haha

I told her as a woman honey, you've got to be sleek, balanced and cognizant like a cat because of the fierceness of this world and you can not let this world crush you into its mold or shape you into it's ugly desire and so you also got to be open, free and honest, spread your wings and fly like a bird -- hahaha

or some such silly nonsense because I had had a few glasses of wine and some Ben and Jerry's ice cream over some tears at the time...

Anyways, then the next day I found this picture on the internet and laughed so hard and every time I think of it I smile and feel empowered for some silly reason.

Lion + Bird = Lird

Furthermore I found this reference when I looked up the word Lird on the internet:

A " lird" is a friendly name for a close friend...or at least in Liverpool it is and I love the Beatles who are from Liverpool and consider them friends as well while I'm painting and listening to their music.

 So, I decided to call my non profit...

-- "LIRDS for the ARTS" a non-profit organization --
    (Friends for the arts)

and our company moto is going to be: Coloring the world to make it a better place!

Additionally, I am going to be putting this company together and I get to work on these new arty ideas with the hopes of giving back to my community and the world by spreading art, love and empowerment with the dream of making a difference for the positive somewhere.

Together we can grow!

My bestest pal from childhood, the talented artist and photographer Catherine Beason will be working on this project with me and with a collection of additional women and artist that I have had the grand pleasure of aquireing thoughout the years of my life... we hope to be in business by the end of August or September.

Lot's of work and paint involved then in the very near future and today so please check out the developments of our first new company project....

A dedication mural honoring the great Martin Luther King Jr. in long Beach on Martin Luther King Boulevard.

Special links and pictures will be posted and updated by myself and Catherine and all of the ladies will share an empowered part of the making of it including the kids from the neighborhood.

Spread your wings and fly everyone! ... BE A LIRD! 

Catherine Beason's Images and Photographs can be seen at

Monday, July 7, 2014


 I am so happy to announce and invite you all to the “ART OF DANCE” a group exhibition featuring many great works from several artist including the talented photographer, my husband James Creighton and myself. Curated by Gloria Plascencia.

The show will open with a bang on Friday, July 18th from 6pm- 9pm at the Frame and Art Dept 950 Aviation Blvd., Hermosa Beach, CA. 90278 and will include special guest performances from tango dancer Ilona Glinarsky extraordinaire and renowned violinist Julliena Okah.

Our husband/wife team collaborated works on display will include:

  • “Mirror Dancer” 20” x 24” digital print by James Creighton
  • “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” 20” x 28” acrylic on silver gelatin print by Velvet Marshall (photo by James Creighton)
  • “Tiny Dancer” (self-portrait) 20” x 28” oil on silver gelatin print by Velvet Marshall
  • “Blue Monday” (self-portrait) 20” x 28” acrylic on silver gelatin print by Velvet Marshall

* The show continues from July 18th through August 30th 2014

Look forward to seeing you all there!


Monday, June 9, 2014


Velvet Marshall warmly invites you to the 3rd Annual CA 101 Art Exhibition
Presented by Redondo Beach Mayor Steve Aspel and the Friends of the Redondo Beach Arts and Redondo Beach Arts Group at Pier Plaza Galleries on the Redondo Beach Pier, California

Featuring her painting:
“Merced Fields” –oil & tar on canvas, 25” x 19”
To be exhibited in the Small Treasures Gallery Collection

Opening Reception is Friday, June 20th from 5pm-9pm
On The Waterfront at the Redondo Beach Pier Plaza
204 West Torrance Blvd., Redondo Beach, CA 90277

Show runs June 20-29 2014
Gallery Hours: Friday, June 20th from 5pm-9pm; Saturday 6/21 & 6/28/14 1-8pm; Sunday 6/22/14 & 6/29/14 1-6pm
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday 6/24-6/27/14 1-7pm

*25% of all art sales will be donated to Friends of Redondo Beach Arts

Hope to see you all there!