“Where have you been?” asked DeGrazia when he met New York sculptor Marion Sheret as she visited the first DeGrazia studio. They married in the jungles of Mexico in 1947, lived at the studio, then bought the 10-acre foothills site near Tucson that became DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun. Marion was instrumental in DeGrazia’s success, according to longtime DeGrazia friend Dick Frontain. “I don’t think he would have done it without her. In fact, I’m sure he wouldn’t. She was the drive he needed.”
Over his career, the influence of his art by other artists such as Orozco, Rivera and Van Gogh can be seen as DeGrazia’s skills progressed and his taste in materials evolved. DeGrazia’s paintings range in subject and style. His early work was very serious in nature with a focus on the dark side of the Mexican Revolution and the poor peasants of Mexico and the Southwest. DeGrazia's "Mining", oil on canvas, right panel.