Marion Peck was born on October 3, 1963, in Manila, the Philippines, while her family was on a trip around the world. She grew up in Seattle, Washington, the youngest of four children.
Her father, Cornelius, a professor of law at the University of Washington, and her mother, Gloria, an art historian, have encouraged and supported her artistic inclinations from the very start.
She received a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1985. Subsequently she studied in two different MFA programs, Syracuse University in New York and Temple University in Rome, after which she lived in Italy for a few years, absorbing art, landscape, and food. Since 1994 she has lived mostly in Seattle, returning frequently to Italy and also spending some time in New York and, more recently, Los Angeles.
She has exhibited her work in Paris, Rome, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle. Her paintings are in the collections of Danny Elfman, Gary Larson, Mark Ryden, and many other private collections in the United States and Europe.
Marion Peck's artistic style lies somewhere between Mark Ryden and the Dutch masters. Her world is populated by evil snowmen, three-eyed kittens, and sad child violinists, with many gently unsettling images in pastoral settings.
Marion Peck is a well established painter in the Northwest, earning accolades for the 10+ years she has been exhibiting in galleries locally and elsewhere. Both narrative and dream inspired, she creates work that could be described as a more grounded sort of surrealism, comparable to the work of Donald Roller Wilson, Odd Nerdrum, and Mark Ryden. Marionís most recent series of paintings exhibit a more playful feel than her previous work, and are indicative of a more in-depth analysis of her inner life and its new directions. Jewel-toned flowers and verdant greenery burst from her paintings now, and the stories the paintings tell are more vibrant and complex.
Even a seemingly offhand, creamy portrait of kittens gazing benignly from a basket reveals a third eye on each kitten, raising a host of interesting questions for the viewer. Infused with a new countercultural pop tone and a brighter color palette, the paintings still convey a sense of the murky, yet magical, corners of the subconscious - enigmatic, sensual, and endlessly fascinating.
Marion has exhibited her work in Rome, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Seattle. Her paintings are in the collections of Danny Elfman, Gary Larson, Mark Ryden, and many other private collectors in the United States and Europe.