26 years after losing her memory, local artist Marcy Gregg updates us on her life and work.
Charlotte artist, Marcy Gregg, doesn’t remember much before going into a coma. 26 years ago, Gregg had just given birth to her third child. During delivery, she had a severe sinus infection leading to a rare but severe case of bacterial spinal meningitis that left her in what seemed like a deep and futile coma.
Doctors had given up hope and prepared Gregg’s family for the worst, but – miraculously – she woke up from the coma, only to realize she no longer had any recent memory of most of her family and friends.
“When I woke up, I thought I was 17 again. My life became a whirlwind,”
The coma caused her to lose 80-85% of her memory. “I knew who my husband was, because I met him when I was young, and I knew who my children were, because a mother just knows her children…but I had no memory of having them or being with them.”
Over the next several years, Gregg began the process of rebuilding her life, including starting her own successful corporate training business. After 12 years, she decided to sell her business. Although Gregg enjoyed what she was doing, she couldn’t shake the feeling that something was missing.
“Art has always played a big part in my life,” she says. “I was raised in a family that respected and loved art. Both my grandmother and aunt were artists.” Gregg believes this may have influenced her to become an art major while she attended Southern Methodist University in Dallas after high school, before the jarring memory loss a few years later. When she became a mom, however, she set art aside to raise her family. While these achievements were no doubt fulfilling on many levels, she couldn’t help feeling there was more to her life and her story, as if she were meant for a different calling.
“There was a yearning inside of me that wasn’t being fulfilled in the corporate world. I just wanted to create,”
So, one day, she picked up a paintbrush and has not stopped painting and creating since. “What started as a few hours each day, transformed into me becoming a fulltime artist,” explains Gregg. “God gave me a second chance at life and I didn’t want to waste it so I started painting.”
All of Gregg’s paintings are abstract and begin with a Bible verse; from there she creates a title related to the verse and then she just paints. All of her paintings have a lot of layers and are very colorful. “I love the colors and textures of abstract work. With that, the creative side of me really goes wild,” says Gregg.
Gregg paints six days a week at her studio in Dilworth Artisan Station and loves every minute of it. Her pieces are reflections of her miraculous story and the way she views life. “I love what I do. Everyday I come into the studio and have a wonderful day. I don’t take it for granted.”
Gregg’s work is on display in Charlotte at Anne Neilson’s Fine Art. For more information, visit her website at MarcyGreggArt.com.