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BIOGRAPHY

Marge Rector knew from early childhood that she wanted to be an artist. Throughout her school years she worked on mastering the skills of drawing and painting. In 1950 she graduated from Texas Technological University in Lubbock, Texas with a degree in commercial art in one hand and a marriage certificate to her childhood sweetheart Floyd in the other.

They settled in Dallas, Texas where Floyd started medical school and Marge worked for Bozell and Jacobs Advertising. After the birth of the first of her three daughters she worked from home as a freelance commercial artist.

In 1958 after completing his training Floyd joined the faculty of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. This enabled Marge to move into the less financially secure area of fine arts. Chapman Kelley Art Gallery asked to handle her work, a relationship that lasted 15 years. This began a long string of one-woman shows, group shows and competitive art shows. During this period prominent collectors in the Dallas/Ft Worth area acquired a number of her paintings. In 1973 Floyd accepted a faculty position at the University of California San Francisco medical school. They settled in Sausalito, where they still live, and Marge rented a studio in the Industrial Center Building.

In 1979 they broke ground in Woodacre for Marge’s studio, designed by longtime friend and architect Gary Kneeland. The building of the studio, which was a family/friends affair, was completed in 1982. The wonderful environment of the studio has stimulated Marge to further creativity and productivity as an artist. Since completion of the studio she has participated in the annual Marin Open Studios, as well competitive art shows. Over her long career as an artist Marge has created 364 paintings and over 2000 drawings, and has participated in 166 art shows. Floyd, now in retirement has become expert in making prints from Marge’s drawings.