Being born into a brood of six children all of them artists, designers and musicians...a future in the creative arts was unavoidable.  A North Carolina native, Marlise obtained a degree in Advertising Art and Design and worked as a commercial artist and interior designer before devoting herself full time to painting.    Her early work in these fields informs and inspires her creative expression that has been a hallmark of her journey.  Her fine art pursuits have led her to continue study under many accomplished artists and teachers.  Marlise is an award-winning artist and has participated and placed in various juried art shows throughout her career.  Her work is collected across the United States and abroad.