Andrea Mary Marshall goes from painter to painted

New York based artist Andrea Mary Marshall paints with a hand that is extraordinarily detailed and precise. Her paintings are almost as photo-realistic as they are gorgeous, revelatory, and provocative. For this Submission Beauty story, makeup artist Linda Gradin assembled a team of creatives to explore the artist as muse even further.

PHOTOGRAPHY BOE MARION @boe_marion @2dmmanagement 
INTERVIEW & STYLIST JESPER GUDBERGSEN @yessirjesper using only vintage and sustainable designers
MODEL  ANDREA MARY MARSHALL @andreamarymarshall
HAIR SABRINA SZINAY @sabrinaszinay @maworldgroup
MAKEUP & BEAUTY DIRECTION LINDA GRADIN @lindagradinmakeup @lateliernyc

Tell me about your background and how you came to be an artist 

I’ve always been exposed to art. My grandmother was a ceramicist, and she taught me to paint and brought me to museums. I studied Fashion Design at Parsons The New School for Design and started taking self-portraits after graduation. I worked on Seventh Avenue during the day and took photographs, and painted at night. 

What is your earliest memory of beauty, and how do you think it has left an impression? 

My earliest memory of beauty is the first time I saw John Singer Sargent’s Madame X painting. I was eight years old at the time and mesmerized by her black dress. 


We live in a time where everyone strives for perfection. But perfect to whom? There is no such thing as perfection in beauty because what’s perfect to you might not be perfect to me. That’s why I always love makeup that compliments your face rather than takes it over…

I want to see your skin, and some rawness there. Individuality is something that inspires me now more than ever. To me, an imperfect detail can be perfect, and I love when makeup feels organic and effortless.


How do you define beauty, womanhood, and femininity – central themes in your work – and what meaning do those words hold for you? 

Beauty, womanhood, and femininity are subjective and personal, in my opinion. Any definition would be limiting. 

Tell me about your practice as an artist – what is your preferred medium, and how do you approach a new work? 

My favorite medium is painting. A new work usually begins with a good song. 

Has the way you work changed since the world got flipped on its head – did you continue to work in a studio, or were you always working at home? (if working from your home: How do you find a healthy balance between work and life ?) 

I’ve always worked from my home studio. Luckily, that’s not changed much. I try to stay balanced by making time for yoga, jogging, meditation, reading, talking with friends, etc. 

This year has seen a disturbing rise in attacks against womens’ bodies in the US and abroad. Has this influenced your work, and how so? 

It’s disturbing that there are still so many, particularly those in positions of power, with limited and harmful beliefs. I feel inspired to see so many strong women rise up to fight for justice and challenge those belief systems. 

What is important to you to communicate through your work at the moment; have you found yourself gravitating to convey one (or a few) specific message(s) through your work? 

Beauty and integrity. 

Do you have any projects coming up or any significant moves you’re making? Where are you looking next? 

Art and commerce.