Artist's Statement:

My subject matter is usually something that captures my attention, just a moment in time. A glance, an instant when the light hits just right, that is what moves me. So often we run so quickly through the world that we - all of us - fail to notice the gift of God's fleeting beauty. My subjects are my effort to slow the world down for just a second, to allow me to really experience what I am seeing. This can apply to a landscape, a person or an animal.  I sincerely  hope that I can do them justice.

Plein Air Painting at the Sleeping Bear National LakeshoreGlen Arbor, Michigan

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Marci Joy Berry is a Painter of Contemporary Wildlife and Equine Subjects. 

Marci earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Michigan and has been finding ways to interpret and share the beauty of her surroundings ever since. In addition to gallery representation, she participates in local Northern Michigan painting events and exhibitions every summer in support of the local arts communities of Glen Arbor, Leland, Northport and Traverse City.

In recent years, Marci has focused on her studio work, capturing the beauty of wildlife and equine subjects. Horses have been an interest for her all her life, ever since her grandfather introduced her to a newborn colt, and allowed her to name him Lightning. 

Marci lives in Maple City, Michigan – in the heart of beautiful Leelanau County. Leelanau is home to the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore as well as home to wildlife, lakes, sand dunes and beaches; truly an inspiration for a painter and artist. Even though painting is her focus, Marci also works in Photography, Calligraphy and Graphic Design.

As a child, Marci started drawing animals, particularly horses - and has never stopped. Prior to her senior year at the University of Michigan, Marci went to work for the summer on a ranch in Dubois, Wyoming, where she met her husband. Her love of horses and the beauty of wildlife has been in her blood ever since. Even though she lives in Michigan, Marci regularly visits the west with her husband Jeff, and three children - skiing in the winter, painting in the summer, when ever she can. 

Capturing the essence of animals and their personality is certainly her passion.  

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Twisted Fish Gallery

Elk Rapids, Michigan231-264-0123

Synchronicity Gallery

Glen Arbor, Michigan231-334-4732


2022The People's Choice AwardSUSAN K. BLACK FOUNDATIONArtist's Rendezvous and WorkshopDubois, Wyoming
2022The Parkman Purchase AwardSUSAN K. BLACK FOUNDATIONDubois, Wyoming(Jim Parkman, founder of the SKB Artist's Workshop and Rendezvous, chooses his favorite piece each year for this honor, and purchases the piece for his private collection)


Award for Oil/AcrylicSUSAN K. BLACK FOUNDATIONDubois, Wyoming


Plein Air Award/Quick DrawPAINT GRAND TRAVERSECrooked Tree Art CenterTraverse City, Michigan


University Of Michigan

Bachelor of Fine Arts
School of Art and ArchitectureAnn Arbor, Michigan


Susan Kathleen Black FoundationArtists Rendezvous - Juried ParticipationDubois, Wyoming2019, 2020, 2021, 2022

Tinker Studio and Gallery

Traverse City, MichiganSolo Exhibition, August 2020Group Exhibition 2021
Glen Arbor Art CenterGlen Arbor, MichiganPlein Air Weekend2018, 2019, 2020 (Virtual - Invitational Participation), 2021, 2022, 2023Sundowner, Quick Draw, Plein Air Paint OutMembers Exhibitions
Old Art Building - Art CenterLeland, MichiganLeland Air Plein Air Weekend2019, 2020 (Virtual), 2021, 2023Art Of the Garden Exhibition2019, 2020 (Virtual), 2021Art Leelanau2019, 2020 (Virtual), 2021, 2022, 2023
Northport Arts AssociationNorthport, MichiganPlein Air Paint Out, 2020
Crooked Tree Arts CenterTraverse City, MichiganPaint Grand Traverse Quick Draw2019