Portait Artist Marcie Shrewsbury-Lopez has collection of art focused on law enforcement officers.
Rumson, NJ: Marcie Shrewsbury-Lopez is a local artist focusing on portraits and getting her new studio in Rumson off the ground. Marcie grew up in Watchung, NJ, however, her father had a boat that the family enjoyed in Brielle. Marcie was hooked on the Jersey Shore from an early age and her family moved to Bay Head in the early ‘70s.
As for art, it's in Marcie’s blood. Her Mother’s Uncle, Dave Hand, directed Walt Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarves and Bambi. After graduating from the Gill School in Bernardsville, NJ, Marcie went to art school in Switzerland. When she returned, she took art classes at Ocean County College and then studied in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, a vibrant artist's enclave. Marcie was accepted to Parsons School of Design in New York City but went to NYU as a pre-med student instead, eventually graduating with a degree in English. Marcie became a medical artist at the NYU Medical Center where she would attend surgeries to illustrate medical procedures. She also worked freelance with plastic surgeons doing illustrations for articles on their procedures. When this work began to fade, she moved in with her parents in Mantoloking. “I thought my life was over”, she said with a sigh.
Marcie’s life was heading south, literally, on the New Jersey Transit Jersey Coast Line. It wasn’t much better going the other direction. Marcie got a job a few days a week at Revlon illustrating mock-ups for ads. “The commute was awful.” Marcie commented. Marcie supplemented her income at Revlon by working at the Lobster Shanty in Point Pleasant Beach. "The commute was much better, and then I had a dream. My dream was to go to a family friend, Adrian Lopez, about getting an apartment in the City, I had to get back!" Adrian was a well-known magazine publisher and writer in New York who had a beach house in Bay Head. He owned and ran Lopez Publications, which published 60 titles such as Stock Car Racing and Lady’s Circle.
According to Marcie, she rode her bike to Adrian’s house. It was the 4th of July and the two watched fireworks together for what would be, unbeknownst to Marcie at the time, their first date. “The world turned from black and white to color”, Marcie said. Adrian took Marcie home to her parents that night and according to Marcie, he said’. “I’ll be back for you." Three days later Adrian returned, with a plan. “Get your things. You’re coming with me.” Adrian drove Marcie to his apartment in New York, she had found her apartment back in the City. She called a friend who invited her and Adrian to a party in the Hamptons. The night of the party, Adrian proposed. The two were soon married at St. Bartholomew’s Church in New York. According to Marcie, it was the start of a happy marriage that lasted for two decades. Marcie worked at Adrian’s company designing magazine covers and ads. She became Editor of the Medical Column at Lady’s Circle. Marcie went back to school and got her Masters in Fine Arts at the New York Academy of Art where she studied with Lois Dodd and Eric Fischl, two renowned American artists. After 9/11, Adrian fell ill and the two moved to Bay Head.
After Adrian’s passing, Marcie taught Art History at Brookdale Community College for a bit. Then she met Cliff Tyler, Adrian’s friend’s cousin. Cliff would become the next love of her life. Cliff was a poet and construction manager for Turner Construction in New York. Marcie’s and Cliff’s love of art fed one another’s. They built a house in Spring Lake and Marcie started painting again. She painted whenever and wherever she could. She painted with the Jersey Coast Plein Air Group. She painted on the boardwalk. Marcie knew things were looking up when people would stop and ask, “Would you paint one for me”? Cliff and Marcie had a wonderful relationship for 15 years. On Christmas Eve 2018, right after they put up the tree, Cliff gave Marcy a big hug and sat down. Seconds later, he passed on as peacefully as could be.
After Cliff’s passing, Marcie taught Art History and Art Appreciation at Essex County College but, she said she missed the Jersey shore. "I found a house on East River Rd. in Rumson with a studio I just had to have," Marci said. Now she is putting together a portfolio to start selling her artwork. My goal is to be a commissioned portrait artist”, Marcie said. She was offered a handsome sum for a rendering of the Twin Towers on fire on 9/11 with angels watching over them and the people inside. Marcie has sold a piece at Philips Auction House in the City. She has been focusing on portraits of law enforcement personnel and is hard at work preparing for a show in the area later this summer. “I’m building my business after the deaths of my two kind men who loved me unconditionally, who gave me not only the strength to survive after they died but to thrive and encouraged me to be the artist I am meant to be.” All of it, Marcie’s life, passion for art and her beautiful relationships that nurtured this is leading to a culmination soon ready for a brilliant unveiling.
For more information on Marcie’s work and to visit her studio, please contact her at: firstname.lastname@example.org