Some of Marcus's first paintings are, by his own admission, juvenile. "Unskilled, the drawing was very loose, childlike." He described the paintings as something a third-grader would paint.
"You look back at his early paintings and you'll be like, 'Why did somebody think they could continue doing this?', but I think it was a love at first sight with the painting, and he fell in love with it," Anne said.
"The deeper I got into the process, the realization that if I wanted to do a bird, and do it correctly, I better understand the bird," said Marcus.
Over time, you can see the progression in his art. From those 'juvenile' paintings, he has created beautiful and detailed pieces of art.
Everything that has led Marcus and Anne to where they are today, they say it's all chance. From the first watercolors, to calendars and art shows, it's all been at the suggestion of others, and it's led them to success.
"Art was certainly something that was never a part of my life, and it was really never a part of Marcus's life," Anne said. "It wasn't planned. There was no 'a-ha' moment, it just happened."
And it's now a business. But it's also a personal partnership between these two that has defined this husband and wife - one they both said has led them to where they are today.
"He can't move, but he is the same Marcus that he was when I met him," Anne said.
It's also an attitude that no matter what your circumstance, if you have the vision, you have to take things one step, and one day, at a time.
"He is so happy to wake up every day, and I think part of it is painting. Of course, I think it's me, and the dog, and everything, but it's that passion, he has that drive," said Anne.
"That youthfulness, I don't want to let go of. It keeps my mind fresh, my heart beating at the right pace," Marcus said.
Marcus and Anne Thomas are working to put the finishing touches on a book. It chronicles the life and times of the couple, as well as incorporating his art into it, from the beginning to the present. It's due out later this year.
His work has also been chosen as this year's pick for the Biltmore Estate Christmas wine label.
Copyright 2012 FOX Carolina (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.
Tuesday, June 18 2013 9:47 AM EDT2013-06-18 13:47:39 GMT
A group of homeowners in Clackamas County is banding together to send crooks a strong message about an increase in crime in their neighborhood. They're starting to post signs that read, "Glock block. WeMore >
Homeowners in the Milwaukie area are posting signs in their neighborhood that say: "Glock block. We don't call 9-1-1."More >
Tuesday, June 18 2013 9:23 AM EDT2013-06-18 13:23:30 GMT
A 5-year-old girl set up a lemonade stand across the street from the Westboro Baptist Church compound, and now the group is targeting her. Jayden Sink raised nearly $200 on Friday while she sold lemonadeMore >
A 5-year-old girl set up a lemonade stand across the street from the Westboro Baptist Church compound, and now the group is targeting her.More >