Robert "Arlie" Marshall 1944-1998
Robert "Arlie" Marshall passed away on Oct. 2, 1998, after a courageous six-month battle with cancer.

He is survived by his wife, Carolyn Marshall of Eureka; his sister, Patti (Marshall) LeGary of Eureka; his niece and nephews, Maria Lopez of New Britain, Conn.,Tony Lopez of Kihei, Hawaii, and John Lopez of Eureka; his uncles, Charles Marshall and David Marshall of Marysville, Wash.; his aunt Nova (Marshall) Peterson of Okanogan, Wash.; his half brother, Steven Marshall of Florida; and his half sister Carolyn Denson of Texas.

Arlie was born April 23, 1944, in San Diego. His father and uncles were all very artistic, but none were "artists". It was known by the age of six years that Arlie would be the artist in the Marshall family, when he demonstrated the possession of a photographic memory and said all he had to do was "follow the lines" in his head.

After graduating Costa Mesa High School, Orange County, in 1962, he joined the Army and became a Green Beret in the Special Forces. When he completed his tour of duty, he settled in Huntington Beach, where he produced and sold copious amounts of art, mostly sculptures and ceramics until a fire destroyed all of his possessions in 1978. Shortly after, he moved to Redding and soon discovered he needed to get close to the ocean again, thus his move to Eureka in 1980.

Arlie with one of his paintings in 1994
Photo by Patti (Marshall) LeGary
Soon after leaving the Army in the '60s, he traveled to Europe for a year, and found his "mentor," Leonardo da Vinci. He began his research and continued to be Leonardo's "pupil" as a life's work; he spent years testing papers and various treatments to achieve a proper archival base for the works he planned to produce, meanwhile researching the language and usage of 15th century terms and practicing the mirror-image writing method da Vinci used as a way to keep his notes secret. He then went forward with his desire to "please his Master" with his own inventions, illustrations, notes, and ideas in Leonardo da Vinci-style pieces, which he hoped would become a museum collection and body of work that would be recognized worldwide. The collection of "finished" work is on display for the month of October at Ambiance Gallery, 405 2nd St., Old Town, Eureka.

A resident of Humboldt County since 1980, Arlie amassed hundreds of friends who were all enriched by his existence on earth. Although his da Vincis are what seem to be what gained him artistic recognition in the art community in general, his work includded many facets that went unseen in art shows. His work is spread throughout the United States in the forms of paintings, sculptures (rock and wood), ceramics, jewelry, illustrations, architectural renderings, cartoons, cards, and at one time even photography... so much more than seems possible for one person to create in such a short lifetime. When asked if he had any children, his response was "art is my child," and he treated it as such with daily dedication to it.

written by Patti (Marshall) LeGary
Printed in Times Standard 10-7-1998


To view some of Arlie's "lesser works" click on his left eye

Saturday, September 27, 2008