Marshall David Potter Biography

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Born in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, Marshall Potter is a watercolorist of cityscapes and landscapes of the San Francisco Bay Area. Many of his paintings depict buildings including factories, and he paints primarily with transparent colors, working wet on wet, with the goal of conveying spontaneity and fluidity. From the 1940s to 1960s, he painted on location, en plein aire, but in more recent years he has preferred to work in his studio.

Potter moved to California when he was eight years old. He served in World War II and then returned to the Bay Area where he studied at the California College of Arts and Crafts and at the University of California, Berkeley. At Mills College, he studied with Reginald Marsh. For over thirty years, he worked as a commercial illustrator, employed by advertising agencies in the San Francisco area.

He has exhibited frequently with a group called Thirteen Watercolorists.

Biography courtesy of California Watercolors 1850-1970,

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