Marissa was born and raised in Montana where a love for the outdoors instilled an emotional connection to the landscape. She currently lives in Charleston, SC, painting the marsh, children at the beach or tractors on a construction site. Her use of thick paint and bold brush strokes brings an emotional vitality into her work. Marissa studied graphic design / fine art at Montana State University. She has studied under artists such as Bill Davidson and Karen Hewitt Hagan. She has been recognized by Charleston Magazine as Artist of the month, July 2013 and Art Galleries and Artists of the South as Emerging Artist for the month of October 2014.