San Luis Obispo County Murals and Fine Arts

Marcie Hawthorne is an award-winning fine artist and illustrator who specializes in joyful realism. She is also an accomplished wall artist whose work includes over 100 murals for private residences, as well as projects for a wide variety of public spaces and commercial buildings.

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Public Art projects include work in the San Luis Obispo Children’s Museum “Saber-toothed Cat Habitat”, work in the Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, and 7 utility boxes for the City of San Luis Obispo and Pismo Beach.

As a natural history and children’s book illustrator, Marcie has worked on more than a dozen books, including Sierra Club Book’s best-selling “The Complete Encyclopedia of Edible Landscaping”.

As well as being an accomplished painter in acrylic, water color, and oils, Marcie is a master of digital painting. Computer generated paintings have been published as catalogue covers and commercial products.

Concept design options for projects are created on the computer overlaying photographs for client presentation, or ideas digitally painted as individual images.

Color consultation is another service provided for private residences and commercial projects.

Commissioned fine arts paintings, drawings and murals are welcome.

Marcie also occasionally offers workshops in travel journaling and creativity.

Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.
— Thomas Merton

Sample Subjects

  • Interior and exterior murals for private residences
  • Business and storefront murals
  • Color coordination and design consulting
  • Faux color glazing
  • Digital sketches for sample mural presentations
  • Public and commercial art projects
  • Fine art paintings in watercolor, pencil, oil
  • Kitchen carved wall inlays with three dimensional texture and vibrant color
  • Children's book illustrations