For Marlaina, making art is a sacred process,
one intended to bring the viewer closer to the infinite beauty of existence. She is proud to be a third-generation painter forging her own path after pulling out of the gallery scene in 2016. She received her first commission at age 16, but art did not become a dedication until her mid-20s when her life plans were derailed by sudden illness that would become chronic and debilitating for 26 years. Art was a lifeline and catharsis as she dove headfirst into professional portraiture, visionary paintings of the Sacred Feminine, and nature through the perspective of magnificent trees and windswept heavens.
In 2016, she experienced a life-altering physical health remission based upon mind-body connections, healing unprocessed trauma, and using the power of resonance/frequency. It would also forever change how she created art.
After 17 years of solo gallery exhibits,
Marlaina retreated into her studio and inner world for 7 years. 200+ paintings later, she now only exhibits in healing spaces such as wellness centers, yoga studios, non-denominational spiritual havens, and conscious community venues where she combines art, Tibetan singing bowl sound healing, sacred original poetry, and a whole lot of joy!
Marlaina works primarily in traditional oil (walnut oil-based and turpentine and thinner-free) but also is loyal to mixed media and pure pigment soft pastel. Her canvases range from 8"x10" to 3'x3'. Her deep, daily dedication is specializing
in soul portraits for others, bringing forth the Essence/Cosmic Self
via a ceremonial, oracular, and visionary process.