(Writer/Artist - Lightsurfing: Living Life in the Front of My Mouth)
MarrusThree weeks after receiving my BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University, I caught a one-way bus to New York City. Fleeing a successful career selling animation to the world’s top advertising agencies, I’ve since illustrated comics (Valiant & ElfQuest), painted book & album covers, and created artwork for various entertainment companies. I also do a spot of storyboarding for the movie industry.

After 9-11, I relocated to New Orleans, just in time for Hurricane Katrina. Opportunity lives where most fear to tread, so my husband & I bought a flooded house in the 9th Ward & put it back together ourselves.

Now, I paint visual metaphors for the human condition (it makes sense when you see the whole body of work), and enough people love my stuff that I make a full-time living with it. My mom’s just happy I don’t ask her for money anymore.

My book “Lightsurfing: Living Life in the Front of My Mouth” is an illustrated, anecdotal, autobiographical journey of what it takes to carve your own path in the world.

My work lives over at, or you can keep up with new paintings (and a healthy dose of shenanigans) at my FaceBook Page, called, surprisingly enough, “Marrus.”
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