Series titled: "Ruby Slippers"
Marie's statement about this series:
"When Dorothy wore the Ruby Slippers, she had the power to do what she wanted most, but she didn’t realize this at first. She was even told by Glenda the Good Witch of the North that the magic of the Ruby Slippers must be very powerful or the Wicked Witch of the West wouldn’t want them so badly. Dorothy still didn’t get it. She had to figure it out on her own. We all have the power within ourselves to be or do what we want, even if we have to wear the Ruby Slippers to figure it out."
Originally from the Los Angeles area, Marie McCallum has been making art for as long as she can remember. Learning to draw and paint with her mother and grandmother, both artists. Then on to drafting and technical drawing with her father’s influence. Her formal art training was at Otis College of Art and Design where she learned the principles and techniques of Trompe l’Oeil and realistic painting. Thinking graphically and painting in a realistic style is a natural for Marie. Her subject matter is diverse, and runs from storefronts and automobiles to figurative and animals. Her work is dynamic and vibrant with a perspective that pulls the viewer in and allows them to immediately sense a familiarity with the subject matter. The award winning painter has exhibited in galleries and numerous shows in California, Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico.