A long–time resident of North Beach, Marcia Clay has captured impressions of its haunts and inhabitants for over twenty five years. The works featured on this website are etchings, watercolors, oil-on canvas paintings, images of the Chinese American community, and the artist herself passing through. “I paint and draw from memory-not exactly memory but a synthesis of what I’ve encountered and chosen to celebrate-as a still, lasting remnant of lived moments, internal life transferred to images”

Marcia Clay studied painting, drawing and printmaking in France and Japan combining Western and Eastern influences in her work. She has exhibited extensively to strong critical acclaim in Europe and in the United States. The Washington Post heralded her “a prodigious talent” and she was yet in high school when offered a first exhibition, at the de Saisset Museum of Art in Santa Clara, California. In more recent years her works have been displayed locally in the San Francisco area at the Alliance Francaise and at the Robert Mondavi Winery.

Ms. Clay works out of her home-studio, a flat in the heart of North Beach and, in her spare time, writes fiction. Her first publication, excerpts from her award-winning autobiographical novel The Girl in the Song is included in a literary anthology, Staring Back; The Disability Experience from the Inside Out. Dutton, 1997. Since then, Clay has written two more novels, The Artist and His Model, based on her experience as a young art student living in France, and Talking to Mr. Davis, a contemporary tale set in San Francisco.