Meet one of the Kapiti Coast's talented artists - interview with Tony Cutting
Marcus was born in Lower Hutt, mum Joyce is a 'Property Manager' and dad Graeme an 'Electrical Engineer'. Marcus has two sisters Rochelle and Carli.
He attended Titahi Bay Kura Street School followed by Raumati Beach School (one year) then finished his primary school education at Plimmerton School. During his primary school years he remembers that he always had supportive teachers who would encourage Marcus to "keep painting".
As well as art he played football for Tawa Football Club.
Kapiti College was the next step in his education journey moving to the Kapiti Coast from Titahi Bay. He chose to go to Kapiti College.
"I chose to go to Kapiti college as they allowed students to do three visual arts subjects, ‘photography, design and painting’ most other secondary schools will only let you choose two as it is a lot of work to complete three portfolio boards in one year."
"At Kapiti College I was good at hands on creative things like painting, graphics, design, photography, wood work & cooking but I was not so good at English, Maths or Science but I worked hard to make sure I was able to get all the credits I needed to."
"Painting was my favourite class and I was lucky to get put a year ahead in this subject."
He achieved Painting Level 1, 2 & 3 with excellence.
Marcus has always enjoyed the outdoors, his favourite sport was free-diving and spear-fishing.
Throughout his years at college he worked a few different jobs including working for the Family Business 'Ebbett Automation Ltd 'where he helped his dad with various different electrical jobs. He worked for a small painting business and helped with interior house painting and building work.
When Marcus finished at Kapiti College he began working for Web Genius and became their Head Designer.
"I learnt a lot working for Web Genius and the job included, working in a marketing environment, web marketing skills, working with small businesses, learning how small businesses work and operate, working with small business owners, I developed good communication skills, worked in an office environment and working in a team."
He worked for Web Genius from 2010 until 2015 then he began to work part time for Web Genius and part time on his own career as an artist.
For the last eighteen months he has been working full time on producing artwork.
"I am really enjoying it"
What other activities take up your time?
"I enjoy spending time with my family, I have a baby due in May this year. I enjoy Spearfishing/freediving, Fishing, Hunting, tramping and road trips to visit our family up north."
What do you like about being a Full time Professional Artist?
"The Ability to do what I'm good at and enjoy."
Marcus lists his achievements to date
- Kapiti Shout Out Award
- Work selected for national Tour by nz portrait gallery.
- Joint winner of the Watercolour NZ Supreme Award 2016
- Member of NZAF
- Artist Member of OAS
- Exhibiting artist and member of Watercolour NZ
- Finalist in the NZ Portrait Gallery Adam Portraiture Awards
Thinking forward what does the future have in store for you?
I would love to be able to push my work even further and grow my career as an artist, spend time with my family and extended family and continue to enjoy life.
Marcus has been selected in the first intake of local artists for a project sponsored by Kapiti Now, Tutere Gallery, The Achievement Room and Jenny Siaosi Photography - WHARE WHAKAIRI TOI O KĀPITI
This project aims to promote and help local artists grow their business and succeed in developing a full time career. You can view all the artists at the dedicated website toikapiti.com (currently under construction). This project officially launches in September 2017.
Also please feel free to visit Marcus's own website and enjoy (and if you love something) purchase any of his beautiful works.