About


Marla E Looking Up copy

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, University of Central Florida, 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. She was featured on the cover of NOW Magazine’s Premiere Issue. Her work has been included in American Art Collector, A Juried Competition of New Work.

Marla E’s Groove Series was purchased as part of the permanent public installation for the new 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. She traveled to Greece, participated in a workshop at the Art Park, and had her solo exhibition.

Marla E received a Professional Development Grant from United Arts Of Central Florida. The grant included Marla to instruct a kids workshop in her medium, Urban Plaster. She  incorporated their art with hers in her 3-D, outside-the-box installations in  a show titled “ The Urban Plaster Experience”, which had its debut exhibit at Casselberry Art House, and then was 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 on the second floor.

Two of Marla’s paintings were chosen to wrap the One Eleven building owned by Lincoln Properties in downtown Orlando. The art is reproduced 4 stories tall and will be up for five years.

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 May 10th 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 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
full immersion from 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.