Marcia Henderson • Avoca, WI • églomisé painting

"My paintings are expressions; attempts to come to terms with the things I’ve learned to love in my life. They are an act of discovery, a challenge of possessing an immediate insight into the dynamics of form & space. They tend to unravel their own unique character and order regardless of material or method."

"I’m interested in what we value, what we consider as treasures in our lives, how we come to appreciate beauty in this life , how we differentiate between beauty and ugliness."


Marsha was born & raised in the Chicago area.  She did most of her undergraduate academics at the University of Wisconsin  - Madison before attending  The Art Institute of Chicago.

She married a fellow S.A.I.C.  graduate in 1981, they lived and maintained a studio in the Wicker Park area of Chicago from 1983 until September of 2004. Now, they reside on a farm 50 miles west of Madison, where they raise free range chickens and grass fed beef.

Billie, acrylic


Portrait of Gourds, églomisé

Verre églomisé, from the French term meaning glass gilded, is a process in which the back side of glass is gilded with gold or metal leaf.

In one of a number of related processes, the metal is adhered using a gelatin adhesive, which results in a mirror-like, reflective finish in which designs are then engraved.

"In my églomisé paintings I first use conventional tools like brushes, then a host of tradesman’s tools such as scrappers, carpenters chisels, nails, and pins for the thinnest lines. It’s a subtractive almost sculptural technique in that the paint is carved into, resulting in paintings within paintings."

Pig, églomisé

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