She was born in 1968 in New Haven where Marla received her B.S. in Studio Arts/Painting from Southern CT State University. Her work focused on realistic portrayals of flora and fauna, both local and the more exotic. She was later trained in graphic design and has created business logos for several New Haven organizations, including Friends of Edgewood Park, The Grand District and the Cedar Hill Merchants Association. The latter featured in an article in the New Haven Independent. More recently, she was employed for many years as a muralist and sign artist for a specialty foods store, where she refined her style and explored new techniques in painting and design.
In 2012, a life transition prompted her to seek a new creative outlet. Always captivated with stained glass and its particular elegance when portraying natural subjects, she found instruction in New Haven. Once versed in its basic engineering, she quickly escalated the variety and complexity of her projects, and now focuses almost exclusively on work in this medium.
She has shown her glass work locally at The Whitney Center in Hamden and at the Celebration of American Crafts at Creative Arts Workshop. She has also been commissioned to create distinctive pieces for a diverse clientele. Her current work reflects the natural world and its impact through color and texture. Recently underway is a series of birds of the local wetlands. Large panels heighten the impact of the subject, while light brings them to life and adds depth.
She currently resides in East Haven, where the shoreline and wetlands continue to directly influence and inspire her work.