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Suzi Marquess Long

Suzi Marquess Long

Suzi Marquess Long

Suzi Marquess Long

Suzi Marquess Long

Suzi Marquess Long

Instructor: Suzi Marquess Long
July 8–12, 2019 (Monday–Friday, 9:30am–4:30pm)
All levels

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Trompe l’oeil is the French term for fantastic paintings that make you see 3D on a 2D surface. Suzi Marquess Long has been painting and teaching trompe l’oeil for over 25 years and wants to excite your imagination with the tricks to create some really fun art. Winesong! has been the lucky recipient in recent years of Suzi’s painted wine boxes.

In this class students will see a trompe l’oeil rug on a board painted to look like a hardwood floor. The small “rug” has a simple design and knotted fringe. People have been known to trip on Suzi’s rugs.

The class project will be a shuttered stone window. Suzi will paint along with the students and have a finished sample available. Students will be instructed in one-point perspective and use this for the stonework and shutter.


Hailing from down the coast in Santa Cruz, SUZI MARQUESS LONG has the salt air in her veins and returns to the area annually to participate in the Capitola Plein Air Festival where last year she won two prizes and sold four paintings! Her plein air circuit includes Los Gatos, Alameda, Shelter Cove (when they hold events) and the Mendocino Art Center’s Mendocino Open Paint Out (MOPO). In 2018 Suzi was honored to be a MOPO featured artist/juror for the second time.

Suzi has painted murals since 1979 when she was a sign painter in Honolulu. She painted a variety of subjects and surfaces there and returned to Marin County California in 1987 to paint mostly children’s murals. Her involvement with the Designer Showcase Houses exhibited her work in Tiburon, San Rafael, San Francisco, Moraga, Napa, and pictures were printed in Newsweek, Sunset Books, and Windows & Walls magazine three times. Suzi’s latest public mural is on the south-facing wall of the Tap Room at North Coast Brewery on Highway One in Fort Bragg.

Since moving to Mendocino in 2006 and opening her Watertower Gallery, Suzi has painted and sold hundreds of pastel paintings and has taught travel-journal sketching to over 1000 students. She has also been a pastel instructor here at the Mendocino Art Center. She thinks it is time to regenerate Trompe L’Oeil since her pieces at Winesong! have brought so much interest.

Painting Trompe L’Oeil is about paying attention to shadows and light, edges, and relationships; i.e. what is that next to, where do those things touch, how dark is that shadow, what direction is the light, and so forth. Originally she painted in latex acrylic house paint and studied Trompe L’Oeil at the Day Studio in San Francisco. Suzi is excited to teach some tricks of the trade to her students and talk about some of her more interesting jobs and experiences. She’ll bring lots of press clippings that show samples of her work.

Suzi is confident her students will enjoy the class and be excited with the trompe l’oeil window with wooden shutter she has planned for them to paint. The stonework surrounding the window will make use of perspective and the students will learn some skills that will help in all their painting projects!

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Current MAC Members: $517
Non-members: $575 plus a $45 non-member registration fee

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