Artist Marsha Knopf

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Marsha was born and raised in the Washington, D.C. area, received a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Political Science, and worked for years in Washington doing legislative research for major corporations.  Other than sketching, drawing and strong yearnings of "wishing I could paint that" when she saw something beautiful, she had no idea back then that one day she would become so passionate about painting. 
A trip to Russia and a visit to see the magnificent paintings in the Hermitage Museum in Leningrad left her awestruck, and crystallized her yearnings into a desire to learn to paint as soon as she possibly could.  A later trip to Paris, the Louvre and  the Jeu du Palme Museum changed her desire into a certainty.
She began studying with several exceptional private instructors on Long Island, NY., and after a move to Maine, studied at the Portland (Maine) School of Art and continued painting on her own.  Later, in Ohio, she participated in workshops with William Schultz, founder of the American Impressionist Society and a Master Pastellist with the Pastel Society of America.  She also attended workshops with excellent professional artists in New Mexico and Colorado, and continued her painting after relocating to the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia.
When her husband retired for the second time, the couple, realizing their dream to travel and see the country, "ran away with the circus", traveling throughout all the lower 48 states in their motorhome as advance coordinators for the show.  Of course, her paints went with her, and she continued to paint wherever they were.  During her time with the circus, her artwork was published by the ownership for the covers of their animal care brochures and pamphlets describing their Endangered Ark Foundation, established to protect the endangered Asian elephant.
While widespread traveling has slowed some, wanderlust is still in her blood, and Marsha's time is now divided [...]

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