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About the Artist
I was born in Pennsylvania along with six brothers and sisters, and I've been very fortunate to enjoy the support and encouragement of my family over the years. When I was very young and began to develop an interest in art, my father advised me never to trace anything and it proved to be sound advice. I spent my youth drawing and painting,and upon completion of high school attended the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. I had the opportunity to study art in Florence, Rome, Paris and London during that time, which was a valuable experience. To further develop my career, I moved to Chicago and began working as a freelance illustrator for advertising agencies across the country. Newspaper and magazine advertisements, book illustration, billboards and package illustration are just a few of the uses for my artwork. Clients have included McDonald's, Burger King, AT&T, Pillsbury and Coca Cola as well as many other well known corporations.

I am enjoying a new market with my limited edition prints which are hand-tinted in watercolor and signed and numbered. It has provided me the opportunity to meet many interesting people through "Meet the Artist" days at shops that display and sell my work. Look for me over the holidays at the stores listed on the "Prints" page. I hope you enjoy my art as much as I enjoy creating it! I welcome your ideas and suggestions, so please don't hesitate to drop me a line with your comments.

Warm wishes,

Marla


Photo credit: Kathy Green, RCG Photography


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