Meet Marla

“I try to find the quiet spots with hidden beauties, a richly textured path, a trickling stream of light. Those are the subjects that deeply resonate with me and connect me to the landscape. I hope that you find a connection through my work too!”

A prolific painter and teacher, Marla’s artwork and workshops are nationally sought after. Her work has been represented throughout the country and hse has been an educator for over 30 years. Contributing to many art publications such as Pastel Journal, she is a signature PSA member and an IAPS Master Circle Recipient.

Marla graduated from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Ca. She worked as a commercial illustrator for 25 years. After moving to Oregon in 1993, she was inspired by the beauty of the Willamette Valley and began painting landscapes that blend realism and abstraction that convey a sense of calm and balance. 

Among her numerous awards and honors are Arts for the Parks Annual Juried Exhibition. She has been featured in the Pastel Journal and is included in Pure Color: The Best of Pastel and Sketchbook Confidential II. She is the author of Step by Step Pastel by Walter Foster Publishing. Her paintings can be found in numerous public and private collections throughout the country. For the last few years, Marla has taken the creative journey into developing online lessons as a way to connect to students no matter the time or place. It has been a wonderful journey and she is excited to share this site with you – the culmination of her inspiration to share her passion with students the world over.


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 On this site you will find a wealth of resources to help you take your journey as an artist to the next level. I am always adding new content so be sure to sign up for my free minilessons and be the first to find out!

I guide you through different aspects of painting and art that will get you comfortable with using pastels. You’ll gain confidence to attempt work that you might have otherwise been timid about.

I’m excited to announce the unveiling of my new flagship instructional offering – Monthly Painting Lessons Online. There is a whole world of content for you to learn from and enjoy here, dozens of hours’ worth, with new content coming every month.

My Online Workshops have been carefully crafted to help you focus on and learn specific areas of painting in a structured, easy to follow, fun and rewarding format. I have many new workshops in the works, so stay tuned!

Looking to take the next step and receive feedback and guidance on your artistic process? The opportunity to gain reflection on your work from the perspective of a professional artist who has spent most of her life as a painter and teacher is not one to be missed.


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