Marita Gentry is an award-winning painter whose limitless imagination and love of color shine through in her work. A self-taught artist, Gentry displays her artwork in several galleries throughout Louisiana and participates in many juried shows. She owns her own art studio, Studio Marita, where she combines her artistic talents with her love of teaching. She serves as an artist in residence in many local schools and regularly gives presentations, demonstrations, workshops, and seminars to groups of all ages. Her passion for the creative process has recently inspired her work on surface and pattern designs that will be available for licensing.
Gentry has painted professionally for over a decade, worked extensively in galleries, and illustrated Life in a Few Words, a poetry book by D.C. Arledge. She has also painted murals for fundraising events and served as the director of the Arts Council of Livingston, which voted her Artist of the Year in 2003.
Gentry is a member of the Society of Childrenâ€™s Book Writers and Illustrators, the Artists Roster of the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge, and the Louisiana Watercolor Society. As an illustrator, she revels in her role in setting the pace and the rhythm of an authorâ€™s story. She experiments with various painting and drawing media on different surfaces but particularly enjoys working with watercolor and oils. Her other interests include sewing, clothing design, and interior decorating. She resides with her husband in Amite, Louisiana.
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