Marla French was born and raised in Seattle and has had a passion for sketching and painting since childhood. Her love of the Northwest is reflected in her landscape paintings. She began serious study eleven years ago as a representational painter in watercolor. Currently, she is furthering her study in oil and figure painting and exploring abstraction.
Marla has studied with several nationally known artists and attended numerous workshops, including the prestigious Intensive Studies Seminar in Taos, New Mexico. Her work has been displayed in a number of juried shows, winning the Peoples Choice award for the Evergreen Association of Fine Arts (EAFA) 1996 Open Show, the Parklane Gallery award for the 2003 EAFA Open Show and First Place in the 2006 Seattle Co-Arts Show. One of her paintings was selected as the poster for the 2007 EAFA Members show, and she has co-chaired many regional art shows. Marla had two one woman shows at the Impromptu Wine and Art Bar in Seattle’s Madison Park in 2003 and 2004, and displays at several public art venues through EAFA. She is a past member of Parklane Gallery in Kirkland . Her works hang in a number of private collections in the United States and Europe.
She is an active member of Seattle Co-Arts, the Evergreen Association of Fine Arts, the Northwest Water Color Society American watercolor Society. She currently serves as a commissioner on the Arts Advisory Board for the City of Mountlake Terrace.
I want my paintings to evoke thought, a memory or an emotion. I believe that the study of art, and the process of painting to be a lifetime of growth and fulfillment.