Marigny Goodyear is starting off her transplant to Ashland with a bang, arranging numerous art shows in the region after having moved here for a change of pace from New Orleans, Louisiana, bringing along her husband and young daughter. I spent some time with Goodyear to see what she has in mind to share with the Rogue Valley visual arts community.

JG: You're an Ashland artist who has been working professionally for only a few short months but you've booked shows in three different cities; how are you approaching your marketing?

MG: I approach marketing as being as important as making the art. I spend half of my day in my office figuring out the marketing pieces and the other half in the studio painting. It may sound odd, but I don’t think the two activities are that different. They both require daily practice, creativity, problem solving and the ability to think outside the box. I went to college to pursue fine arts, but ultimately, I left with a business degree. I am as interested in being a small business owner as I am in being an artist. My mantra for marketing is to be consistently reaching out, following up and keeping my eyes open for opportunities. They are everywhere!

JG: What particular aspect of your creative life draws you to the Rogue Valley?

MG: It’s actually the other way around. The Rogue Valley drew me back to creativity. I had been a city girl until I moved out here nine years ago. I hadn’t done art regularly for many years. Becoming engaged in outdoor sports like mountain biking, hiking and skiing reminded me of how to live in the moment. When I’m flying down a mountain, I don’t have a whole lot of time to mull over the next move. My thoughts and actions are not separate. Creativity also happens in the now and so painting is the same practice for me. Being immersed in nature brought me back to art in that it keeps mindfulness alive in my daily life.

JG: Your work is abstract, tell us about your materials and your artistic influences?

MG: On panels and canvas, I create patterns with hand-cut paper on top of which I use acrylic paint, pencil, crayon, watercolors, stencils, screwdrivers, sandpaper, my Dad’s old machete … nothing is off limits. I’m influenced greatly by music and my paintings have actually been described as musical. I was born and raised in New Orleans so music is part of my being. Music is always playing in my studio, and there is usually singing and dancing going on. In the painting world, working with artist and teacher Nicholas Wilton taught me that listening to my soul is as important as the materials used and my mentor, local retired artist Barbara Brozik, helps me with everything, especially knowing when a piece is finished.

JG: When is your next show and what can we expect to see?

MG: My very first exhibit is this Friday, June 2, at Legum Design in Bend. If you won’t be in Bend, I’ll be the July featured artist at Julie O Design (287 Fourth St.) here in Ashland with an opening on First Friday, July 7. At both, I’ll be showing pieces from my series "Control and Chaos: Repeated Patterns as the Foundation for Abstraction." Also, I’ll be August featured artist at Bestow & Bloom (149 N. Pioneer St.), the new ceramics and plant store in downtown Ashland, with an opening First Friday Aug. 4. I’m in the middle of making some botanical-inspired pieces for that. You can see a preview of my work at www.marignygoodyearart.com/collections/all.

— Ashland resident Jeffrey Gillespie is a Daily Tidings columnist, arts reviewer and freelance writer. Email him at gillespie.jeffrey@gmail.com.