About Marla E

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The Seminole County Board of County Commissioners, in association with the Seminole Cultural Arts Council (SCAC), recognized Marla E as Seminole County’s 2016 Artist of the Year. The award and proclamation were presented to Marla E at the commission meeting in commission chambers in Sanford. Each year, the County Commission selects an individual (performer, visual artist, historian or author) who is a resident of Seminole County and has contributed time and talent for the enrichment of Seminole County.

Marla E’s unique sculptural paintings are on display in shows, galleries and private collections around the world. Her popular work often combines unlikely objects, providing an element of surprise. Marla E studied fine art at Rollins College in Winter Park, FL, and graduated from The Art Institute of Ft. Lauderdale. Her work has been featured in major Florida venues, including Mount Dora Center for the Arts, Atlantic Center for the Arts, Osceola Center for the Arts and The Orlando Museum of Art, Casselberry Art House, Casselberry City Hall, Lake Mary City Hall, The Mayors Gallery located in Orlando City Hall, Maitland City Hall, and Art Basel Miami.

Marla E’s paintings have appeared in national television ad campaigns, and on T.V. and movie sets. Her work has been included in American Art Collector. Marla E’s Groove Series was purchased as part of the permanent public installation for the CNL Center II building in Orlando, FL. Marla E was also featured in a filmed documentary for CNL. Art Park Gallery in Rhodes, Greece, accepted Marla E for the International Artists Exhibit.

Marla E received a Professional Development Grant from United Arts Of Central Florida for her show ” The Urban Plaster Experience”on view at Casselberry City Hall. Marla E was among the 10 artists chosen to represent CSX and the city of Orlando in public works, and her Urban Plaster piece, “Journey To the Future of Orlando” now resides in Orlando City Hall.

In 2015, two of Marla E’s paintings were chosen to wrap the One Eleven building owned by Lincoln Properties in downtown Orlando. The art was reproduced 4 stories high, unveiled to the public with a ribbon cutting ceremony, and will be up for five years.

Marla E lives in Altamonte Springs with her three Rhodesian Ridgeback dogs and the bravest cat in North America. She opens her studio every Sunday afternoon for her popular art workshops.

Statement:
Creating is a huge part of my life. Painting excites me. I am constantly discovering through my art. I want to connect with the viewer using my bold color and inviting texture, leading the viewer into a glimpse of my world. My paintings explode with texture, color and space, infusing geometry with organic freedom. My medium is a combination of plaster and acrylic paint. I have pushed simple drywall plaster farther than the average builder. I sculpt a surface texture, then layer paint onto the plaster. This process re-activates the plaster and re-invents my surface while I paint. I call this Urban Plaster.