A North Carolina native, Marlise obtained a degree in Advertising Art and Design and worked for years as a designer. Creative expression has been a mark on her lifetime journey. Her fine art pursuits through the years have led her to study with accomplished artists: Kathleen Elsey, Steven Aimone; Bonnie Brown and Mary Edith Alexander at Queens University, Charlotte NC; internationally acclaimed artist Maggie Siner and internationally acclaimed Andrew Braitman. Marlise is an award-winning artist and has participated and placed in various juried shows throughout her career. She is in collections across the United States and abroad.