Marcie Cuff

Illustrator/author Marcie Chambers Cuff has spent many years inspiring a life-long love of art and wildness. Her pen-and-ink drawings evolve from intense observation of found objects, experimentation of scale, and nuanced use of crosshatching and mixed ink techniques. Her artwork reflects her love of the outdoors and the genius of everyday things. She addresses every sketch with uncompromising attention to detail.

Marcie has degrees in both studio art and the natural sciences. She has lived as an organic lettuce farmer, a tropical rainforest field technician, an Alaskan tent-dwelling graduate student, a stuffed animal designer, a Manhattan high school biology teacher and an Irvington elementary school garden coordinator. Her pen-and-ink illustrations can be found throughout her award-winning book This Book was a Tree (2014, Penguin)—encouraging readers to brainstorm, imagine, and understand the world as inventive scientists—to touch, collect, document, sketch, decode, analyze, experiment, unravel, interpret, compare and reflect.

Between art projects, Marcie works as an educator at the New York Botanical Garden and as a nature columnist for the Hudson Independent. She writes about herself in third person whenever she has to write autobiographical information because she is actually quite shy.


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