Marc Sabatella began as an artist at around eleven years old, with a small set of grey Nupastels and a box of vine charcoal sticks. With these he drew landscapes and portraits of friends and family, but he never pursued any sort of formal training in visual art outside of a couple of courses in art history while he was in college. Instead, he concentrated most of his creative energy on music, and he eventually became an accomplished professional jazz pianist. He continued to draw as a hobby, always with the same set of grey Nupastels and box of charcoal.

Shortly after moving to the Denver area in the fall of 1999, Marc visited the Impressionist exhibit at the Denver Art Museum. This was a major turning point for him. For the first time, he took a serious interest in his own artistic development. He sought out books on pastel and purchased sets of colored pastels and other art supplies. He joined the Art Students League of Denver and signed up for classes, first with Mitch Caster, then with Tony Ortega, and most significantly, with Doug Dawson, with whom he has studied since the spring of 2000.

With regular practice and instruction, Marc’s work developed quickly, and he started entering his work in student shows. His work is loose and impressionistic in nature, and he shows a natural affinity for finding exciting design possibilities and color harmonies within traditional subject matter. Most of his work is landscape, painted en plein air. Marc also started experimenting with watercolor in an effort to capture some of the sense of improvisation that he experiences as a jazz musician. In the summer of 2001, he sold his first pastel paintings at the ASLD Summer Art Market, and that fall, he was accepted into his first juried show, The Artists Choice at the Lakewood Cultural Center. In the summer of 2002, Marc began working in oil pastel as well as the more traditional soft pastel. In August of that year, he was featured in a two person show at CD Graphics Gallery, and that same month, he earned his first award, a third place ribbon at the Wheat Ridge Carnation Festival. This was soon followed by his first blue ribbon, at the Glenwood Springs Fall Art Festival, and his first national juried show, the Englewood Arts National Juried Art Show. His first solo exhibit was in September of 2003 at It's All Good coffeehouse. He also began oil painting at around this time, and is able to maintain the unique sense of color harmony he developed in pastel while working in oils as well.

Marc has been an active member and officer of several art organizations, including the Pastel Society of Colorado (director-at-large, newsletter editor), the Colorado Artists Guild (program chairman), and the Wheat Ridge Art League (vice president).  These positions have provided Marc with the opportunity to become more involved in the art community. Marc is excited to see his own progress, not because of where he may have arrived, but because of where he feels he may yet go.