Artist and Designer Marc Staples

I have been a professional in the fine arts business over the span of nearly three decades, and since 2003 my focus has been on creating unique sculptures that are inspired by my love of nature and geometry mixed together with a heavy dose of whimsy. 

In 1996 I founded the Heritage Giclee® Studio / Staples Fine Art, Inc. in Richmond, Virginia, one of America's oldest established Giclee printmaking studios. The studio was recognized in the book "Mastering Digital Printing" to be among the founding fathers of the digital art printing industry. The Heritage Giclee® Studio's client list extends throughout all 50 States and 15 countries. I sold the Heritage Giclee Studio in 2013 in order to focus on my original art.

Although I am a third-generation artist from a family of painters, sculptors, fabric designers, and actors, my artwork primarily developed through my own personal experimentation and instinct. Early on, I was mentored by two masters of their respective crafts. Beginning in the 1970's I was under the instruction of my uncle Donald McAdoo, a renowned painter of images from the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Thanks to Don I developed skills in watercolor and oil painting, learned color theory, plus learned the basics of the business of the art world. Then in 2001, I changed direction when I came under the mentorship of world-renowned sculptor Joseph Kinnebrew. Joe's contributions to my career are numerous, but he primarily taught me the concepts of elegant design, scale and placement, and above all, the concept of fearlessness.

In our new LagoLuna Lakeside Studio I incorporate various metals and materials into my sculptures, and blend them with my skills as a painter, often applying vibrant finishes and varieties of color.

During the course of my career I have enjoyed producing work for a wide spectrum of clients... Including:

Virginia State Parks Department of Conservation and Recreation, Powhatan, VA

CenterStage Foundation, Richmond, VA

Ritz-Carlton Hotels, Sarasota, FL

Health Diagnostic Laboratory, Inc., Richmond, VA

Reggie Carraras & Tom Jones, Richmond, VA

Rich Little Productions, Las Vegas, NV

American Battle Monuments Commission, Washington DC

The Martin Advertising Agency, Richmond, VA

The Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia 

Artspace – Tokyo, Japan

Jay & Karan Unger, Ashland, VA

Sandy & Charlie Sampson, Venice, FL

Curt Altholz & Amy Pomerantz, Durham, NC

City of Memphis, TN

Jim & Annette Lombardo, Indian River Plantation, FL


Artist Statement:

My goal is to make the viewer feel as though he is part of the creation, rather than an observer of it, so that there is no separation between the viewer and the image... just the experience.