Local Artist Marigny Goodyear
Tell us a little about yourself?
My name is Marigny Goodyear and I’m a mixed media abstract artist living in Talent, OR. I create abstract paintings on canvas and panels using primarily paper and acrylic. I’m also a wife to an amazing and adventurous outdoorsman and mother to the most awesome 15-year-old in the world. You can learn all about my art on my website https://www.marignygoodyearart.com/.
Where are you from and how did you end up in Talent (and when)?
In 2008 we moved from our hometown of New Orleans to Ashland where we lived until March of 2016 when we moved to neighboring Talent. The Rogue Valley is about as opposite to New Orleans as you can get! We were ready for a change and just love living in Southern Oregon.
What differentiates you from others in your field?
My technique is different in that I start my paintings using the papier-mache method that I was taught in high school by an art teacher who used to build Mardi Gras floats. While my work doesn’t have a Mardi Gras look to it at all, that papier-mache method is how I create patterns and textures which become the foundation of my paintings.
But maybe what differentiates me even more is that while I entered college to study fine arts, I ultimately left Boston University with a business degree. I am an artist who loves business and I balance my days by spending half my time in my art studio and the other half in my office writing blogs, updating my website and social media, learning SEO and other marketing strategies and reaching out to potential collectors. I find both equally as interesting.
Describe your experience working in Talent?
Well...my studio is in my kitchen. My office is in my dining room. This is my first experience working full time for myself and I must admit it’s interesting to be alone all the time. I love it but sometimes I pack up and go work at a café just to be in some hustle and bustle.
What is your favorite thing about living in Talent?
The location! I mean, where else can you drive one direction and go surfing, drive the opposite direction and go skiing or pick any direction and go mountain biking and hiking. How awesome is that!?
What would you like to see changed in Talent?
I’m so excited to see Talent grow. I think it’s going to look a lot different here in 10-20 years. I’m psyched for all the new restaurants like Sweet Beet Station, the Pump House on Talent Ave and the wood oven pizza joint coming in across the street. I think that our downtown is going to be more busy and vibrant! Bring on more shops, cafes and galleries. Maybe one day we’ll have our own established art walk!
What inspires you as an artist?
My art is all about living in the moment. Creating takes me to a meditative space where I am totally present. I’m not thinking about the laundry I have to do or where I need to be later on in the day. I am in the moment with the work. That being said, what inspires me most are other activities that do the same thing. Mainly outdoor sports like surfing, skiing and mountain biking. When engaging in those sports, I’m required to stay in the moment or else I fall on my ass, so it’s excellent practice for me. I make the best art the day after I get back from the coast because my brain is still on the waves. I’m also constantly looking at and listening to other people’s art so I keep growing and learning. Both music and visual arts feed my creativity. You will never find me painting without music playing. I find it complements my process so well.
What are your goals as an artist?
There is so much power and joy in being creative and I never want anyone to think that art as a career is unattainable or unrealistic. I want to show people that if you have a passion, that you should follow it, even if it doesn’t seem like the “practical” thing to do. Just go for it! If you’re passionate about something, that’s where you’ll shine the brightest. My goal professionally is to hit the road with my husband in our surf van with an art trailer in tow so I can paint anywhere we can surf. Since surfing is such a huge inspiration to me, I can only imagine what I will be able to create if I’m in the water everyday. The thought gives me goosebumps.
In addition to the papier-mache technique, do you notice other New Orleans-inspired approaches/ideas in your art?
Oh sure. I’ve been told that some of my paintings are very “musical.” Having been born and raised in New Orleans, I think that music and rhythm are huge parts of my being. Also, in New Orleans there is a beauty in entropy, meaning that parts of the city seem to be crumbling down but instead of that making it look undesirable, it only makes it more beautiful. I love when a stucco wall starts to chip away only to reveal sneak peeks of a tile pattern underneath. Through applying many many layers, and then sanding or scraping it back, I’m kind of doing the same thing when I paint. It exposes the history of the painting which increases the interest level. (My painting Before & After is a good example of this. https://www.marignygoodyearart.com/collections/all/products/before-after)
Where can people see your work?
I have a show coming up at Legum Design in Bend, Oregon, on June 2nd. You can always see my work on my website but the best way to see my work locally right now is to can contact me and make an appointment for a studio visit. I love visitors! I hope to have a show here soon.
What would you like to see changed in Southern Oregon?
Nothing! Don’t get me wrong, I know there is always room for change and improvement where ever you are but it is so lovely and SO much less stressful here. Living in New Orleans was a challenge, especially post Katrina. Moving here was the best thing that we’ve ever done for our family. It was a much needed change. We are just so grateful to live here. I’d rather count my blessings than think about ways to change it.