A. MICHAEL MARZOLLA
Personal expression and the creative process using the exploration of color, light and motion, best represent why I am drawn to making art. I describe myself as an inspired eclectic.
I was born in Oakland, California in 1948. I remember picking up a pencil and drawing as a kid. My middle school years were spent in Rome, Italy, where I was exposed to a wide variety of art and artists. I filled tablets with sketches and watercolors and started cartooning. In high school I was the cartoonist and artist for the school paper and continued to sketch and paint for pleasure. I received a degree in art with a focus on painting, printmaking, ceramics and sculpture from Humboldt State University in 1973. I then served 4 years with the Peace Corps in Guatemala and from there to graduate school at the University of Massachusetts. I retired in 2011 from a 30-year career as a science and environmental education extension educator with the University of California. My work is in private collections in the US and Italy. I have shown in Eureka, California, Santa Barbara and with the Abstract Arts Collective and the Santa Barbara Sculptors Guild and at local invitational shows.