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 Marion Pierce Boyd  (1908 - 1970)

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Lived/Active: Indiana      Known for: regional landscape painting

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The following biography was submitted July 2006 by Edward Bentley, Art Collector and Researcher from Lansing, Michigan.

A well-known Indiana artist, Marion (Pierce) Boyd was the daughter of Wesley I. and Grace Pierce.  She was born and raised in Warsaw, Indiana, where she graduated from Warsaw High School in 1926.  She went on to attend the University of Wisconsin.  

From a biographical article in the Warsaw Times Union, titled “Marion Boyd – Her Own Story,” the artist commented on her earlier life and artistic training:  “An artist is often asked, ‘How did you start to paint?’ Draw, I always have, from the time I was a fascinated on-looker at my father’s drawing board.  

An artist cousin, Raymond Sisley, former art director of the Chicago Tribune, gave me my first artist’s set of watercolors.  Appreciation and encouragement from my parents was a beginning.  High school and college art classed provided a foundation in drawing, color and composition.  But it was in the year 1940 that I seriously began to learn to use oil paints.

Allee Gerard and Inez Bolinger, of Warsaw, each contributed to my increasing interest in painting.  Summer classes under Homer Davisson and Mr. Marsh, of Fort Wayne, showed me how much I had to learn.  Mr. Davisson was a wonderful art teacher, and over the years my respect for his ability as an artist and a fine person has deepened.

Mr. Leo Ruckle awarded me my first prize at the Kosciusko county fair.  A year or two later I received another first prize at the Fort Wayne Art School Show.  

After moving to Anderson, Indiana, I was invited to membership in the Anderson Society of Artists, a group that is stimulating with its annual juried competitive show.  A second prize in 1947 and a first in 1948 coincided with the acceptance of my first painting for hanging in the annual Hoosier Salon in Indianapolis.  Many years since 1950 have seen my name in the Hoosier Salon catalogue.  In 1953 my Gray Spring Day, was awarded the Mark Honeywell prize for landscape composition.

This spring (1955) in the Wabash River Valley show at the Sheldon Swope Gallery, Terre Haute, my Forsythia won first prize for floral arrangement.  Sunlit Beech received honorable mention, after receiving a first in the fall Anderson Show.

As a member of the Anderson Civic Art Association, I have served with the exhibit committee and also as secretary and president.  In 1952 they sponsored my first one-man show.  

Brown County has been one of my favorite painting spots; there I have studied with C. Curry Bohm and Gianni Cilfone, both fine artists and teachers.  More recently I’ve enjoyed painting the clear rippling stream at Spring Mill State Park.   It is several years since I’ve painted in the Indiana Dunes, which I love.

I can recommend painting as being absorbing, stimulating, rewarding - sometimes frustrating – but never dull.  Personally I do not find it relaxing – though Mr. Churchill and President Eisenhower do.”

Mrs. Ralph (Marion) Boyd moved to Nashville, Indiana, where she became a member of the Brown County Art Guild, after having resided in Anderson, Indiana for many years. The artist died on June 3, 1970 at the Bartholomew County Hospital at Columbus after an extended illness.

Excerpted references include:  “Marion Boyd – Her Own Story,” by Marion Boyd, Warsaw times-Union, November 12, 1955; Obituary for Mrs. Ralph Boyd, Warsaw Times-Union, January 6, 1970.

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