I was born and raised on the salty shores of San Diego California, where I was taught at a young age to observe and live in connection with marine cycles. The sea runs life through my veins, and inspires me to visually portray Nature’s narratives. This has led me to combine oceanic dreamscapes with narratives of endangered species and/or environmental degradation in surrealistic pen and ink drawings. In 2014 I graduated from Azusa Pacific University with an MFA concentrating in fine art and drawing. I now live in San Diego, where I work as a full time artist and am expanding my portfolio into conservation efforts and mural projects!

"Rewild(her)", 7'x 5', pen and ink on wood panel

"Rewild(her)", 7'x 5', pen and ink on wood panel


Marissa Quinn is a Los Angeles/San Diego based artist whose intricate pen and ink drawings narrate cyclical stories of extinction and growth in nature. By combining elements of California endangered flora and fauna, Quinn creates dramatic compositions which seem to be caught in space and time, in states of either transformation or adaptation to current biospheric changes in our Earth.

Her current fascination delves in illustrating biomimcry, which is the imitation of the models, systems, and elements of nature for the purpose of solving complex human problems. Driven to this topic through a deep love of the environment, Quinn’s delicate penwork guides the viewer through a journey of nature’s paradox of growth through decay. She enjoys research, and is currently looking to work alongside marine biologists in the San Diego area in order to learn more about oceanic endangered species. In all her work there is consistent mysticism, which serves to connect her work to contemporary times through symbolic interpretations of current biospheric degradation. 



Lancaster Museum of Art and History: "Urban Myths and Legends"



2016- Vuori featured artist, Encinitas, CA

2016- KAABOO featured artist, Del Mar, CA

2016- "Rewild(her)" at SWENYO, Encinitas CA

2015- "Cyclical Paradoxologies" at Lancaster Museum of Art and History

2015- "Entering Cyclical Flow" at Azusa Pacific University, Azusa CA

2014- MFA Thesis Show at Azusa Pacific University, Azusa CA

2013- "Libraforma" at Azusa Pacific University, Azusa CA

2012- "ineffable in-between" at Mosaic Gallery, Pomona CA

2011- "Reflections" at Carlsbad Library, San Diego CA

2011- "Yellow in the Silence" at Azusa Pacific University, Azusa CA


2016- "Animalia" at Sparks Gallery, San Diego, CA

2016- "Pacific Drift- art from the Western edge" at Misfit Pictures HQ, La Jolla, CA

2015- "Flora and Fauna" at Flower Pepper Gallery, Pasadena CA

2014- "The Bees Knees" at Alexi Era Gallery, St. Louis MO

2014 - "Of History and Hope" at Flower Pepper Gallery, Pasadena CA 

2013- "Human" at Exhale Unlimited, LA Chinatown CA, "Ornament Show" at Flower Pepper Gallery, Pasadena CA