Marianne's family has always been involved in both the visual and performing arts. Her love of painting and printmaking is a more recent experience. Along the search for a form of expression, it finally felt right when she took up painting in 1986. Although it is a complex and often difficult relationship with the canvas and the paint, it is a love affair that will last a lifetime. Marianne feels it is difficult to use words for a form of expression that she feels needs none. Once a painting or print is finished, it has taken on a life of its own relationship with the work.
She is essentially a self-taught artist, and yet has taken classes and been greatly inspired by several wonderful, creative teachers at American University, University of Alaska, UNVL, Coupeville Art Center and Mechosin International Summer School for the Arts. Her formal education is a BS degree in Education and Speech Pathology from D.C. Teacher's College in Washington D.C. and an MS in Audiology from Gallaudet University also in Washington DC. After 40, very gratifying, years she retired as an Audiologist to spend more time painting, printmaking, traveling with her Ceramic Sculptor husband, gardening (with her beloved dogs and cats) reading, and continuing a very adventurous life. She calls Whidbey Island, Washington her home, a place she has lived the longest.