Marshall Crossman is a contemporary painter, working in San Francisco. Marshall paints primarily in oil on canvas. Her painting series include: Women Shopping, Swimmers, Class Photo Series, Beach Series, Pacifica, Portugal and Flux. Monotype, a painterly printmaking technique, is another area of exploration. She began experimenting with watercolor in 2008 as an Artist-in-Residence at Foundation Obras in Portugal. Marshall Crossman is represented by several art galleries in the US. Her work can be found in private & public collections here and in Europe.

Born in Omaha, Nebraska in 1951, Marshall earned her BFA from Colorado State University in 1973. Marshall relocated to San Francisco in the autumn of 1977, and soon became immersed in the Bay Area figurative tradition. She has been producing art there since 1977. In December of 2017 Marshall moved her studio and home to Alameda, California.

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After painting for over 30 years, I am still fascinated by the alchemy & expression of paint. Primarily I am a studio painter working in oil on canvas. Oil paint is a very elastic medium with rich color, which will stay wet for several days. I work wet into wet, using brushes and pieces of cardboard to move the paint. I am constantly exploring the canvas’s surface. My painting process allows for a lot of spontaneity in both paint handling and color. I begin a painting with a basic concept, and wander through many stages of paint action and destruction before arriving at a finish that feels resolved.

When I relocated to San Francisco in 1977, I was influenced by the Bay Area figurative painters. I paint the figure abstracted by motion, water and emotion. I work in a series, often working on several paintings from different series at the same time.

My paintings evolve from the fluid stream of my conscious and subconscious mind. The viewer is free to enjoy the painting’s imagery, color, & surface texture or go deeper into their emotional response.


Marshall creates a painting.

“Loved the sight of all your new work, waiting so expectantly maybe insistently for the return of your hand. I so respond to the energy in your work. There’s movement and pulse – vibrancy of color and brush work. Maybe that’s your tie to the ocean; it’s continuous change.”

– David Keith, March 2016