MARSHA GRAY CARRINGTON
BORN (1954), with a paintbrush and pencil in one hand and a camera in the other.
INSPIRED by mother, Louise H. Carrington, an accomplished artist. Very cute. Loves
HUMOR & IMAGINATION from late father, Cary A. Carrington, handsome salesmen,
spiritual seeker and man-child.
CHILDHOOD normal as it could be with some quirks along the way.
ENTREPRENEUR by age eight, selling cotton candy to neighborhood kids from very
own puppet show stand. Put on very few puppet shows.
GRADE SCHOOL misfit; just wanted to draw and make things; had fun in “the
neighborhood”. Many adventures in the woods and vacant lot at the end of the street. Big imagination…
sometimes good, sometimes not.
MIDDLE SCHOOL trying not to be a misfit; marginally successful; loved art class. Tried out for cheerleading.
Did not make it. Could not jump.
HIGH SCHOOL all about art class…and horses, and dating.
COLLEGE – BFA (1973-1977) James Madison University. Majored in Painting and Graphics. Lived in the
WHOLE WHEAT DISTRICT, amongst other painters, photographers, musicians, and like odd and interesting
GRAD SCHOOL – CAL ARTS (1979-1981) MFA – Fine Art Photography. Spent most days and nights in
sub-level darkroom and graffiti covered halls. Made extra money for school life modeling for art and animation
classes as well as moving model for the late Ed Emshwiller, then dean of the Film School and Experimental
Film Maker. His work has been shown at the Whitney Museum in NY and other major art venues. Crazy days.
GRADUATED wearing a fake hatchet in my head and a swiss dotted Cinderella type dress, in lieu of a cap
and gown. Waited tables. Painted Coats of Arms for a living for two years.
FILM INDUSTRY (1983-1996) worked as a visual affects animator specializing in rotoscoping; Dreamquest,
Disney Studios, among other film houses on films such as BRAVEHEART, GHOST, JAMES AND THE GIANT
PEACH, to name a few.
LEFT film industry to pursue a dream of illustrating CHILDREN”S BOOKS in 1996.
LIVED on savings for one year while pursuing “the dream”.
LANDED first book, JAKE JOHNSON, THE STORY OF A MULE in 1998.
WOKE UP and realized would need other income to survive other than illustrating kids books.
BEGAN licensing art to Greeting Card Companies in 1997.
ILLUSTRATED six more books since, including SOMETIMES I FEEL LIKE A STORM CLOUD, TESSA’S
TIP-TAPPING TOES, CORIANDER THE CONTRARY HEN, GO HOME MRS. BEEKMAN, SAVING THE
LIBERTY BELL and JUNGLE GYM.
STARTED own greeting card company mjZOOM,Inc. with a business partner Jim Fleming in 1998.
CARDS SOLD internationally; created products for Target, and other large retailers.
TOOK OVER mjZOOM without business partner in 2006 , with the assistance of brave husband Kevin.
BURNED OUT by 2008 after economic bust and being consumed by business and very little time for creativity.
CLOSED mjZOOM and began licensing designs to Recycled Paper Greetings (a company owned by American
Greetings) as well as Paper Magic Group, and Seller’s Publishing, for cards and wall decor.
DESIGN 2013 to present for the PEEL PEOPLE, makers of peel and stick wall and surface decor.
OPENED CARRINGTON Arts October 16, 2015 to promote own art and creativity, as well as other artists and
MAKING ART as much as I can including photography, painting and photo fusions – a term I created for a
type of manipulated surreal photographic art that I really enjoy creating and am rather obsessed with.
LIVE 2009 to present in downtown Sandusky, a cool town on the verge of greatness, and on wonderful Lake
Erie, with husband Kevin, dog Smalls (boy genius) and three cats, Rupert (who thinks he is a dog), Oliver
(the crazy kitty), and Mimi (the feral one).
HAVE two wonderful stepdaughters Kaeleen (artist & designer) and Meagan (mother, & professional), son-in-law
Rudy, and an 2 adorable granddaughters Ramona and Evelyn, who all live in Los Angeles.
HAVING A GREAT TIME– in Sandusky, Ohio, and am excited about CARRINGTON Arts being a part of its
rebirth and the revitalization of downtown.