Marlene’s folk-like creations are primarily in acrylic but she also enjoys painting in oils and watercolours.
Her painting career began in 1989. At this time she owned and operated an art gallery promoting local artists. Between clients, and with no formal training, she began to create her whimsical round faced people. All of her works are original and only her note cards are reproduced.
Born in Toronto, a third generation Ukrainian, Marlene was raised in Long Branch, now known as Etobicoke. Here she attended Ukrainian classes where she became more familiar with her heritage.
After high school she worked as a medical stenographer and then medical secretary at the Toronto Western Hospital. After marriage she moved to Oshawa with her husband where they raised their three children.
Marlene now resides with her husband in Blackstock, just north of Oshawa, where she creates in her studio. She has won numerous awards including the Toronto Purchase Award and honorable mention in Folk Art at the annual Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition at Nathan Philips Square. In 2004, one of her works was chosen and published in Henlin’s sociology text book.
Her studio is open to visitors by appointment. Contact by email firstname.lastname@example.org.