Marcia Lewis began making art as a child. She was a “Navy brat” whose family was constantly moving between the coasts, and Lewis spent much time alone. She took a metalworking class in her second year at San Diego State University, and has been making jewelry ever since. Lewis is best known for her chasing technique, in which metal is ornamented using hand tools. Her jewelry is inspired by animal forms, including birds and fish, as well as art from other cultures. Today she teaches metalsmithing, jewelry, and craft at Long Beach City College.