Marleen studied at Carlisle, then Hornsey Collage of Art, London, qualifying (ATC) as an art teacher. Her main areas of study were: Fine Art, Textile Design, Surface Pattern, Ceramics, History of Art.
Upon graduating she taught Art in the East End, London and free lanced as a designer for Marks and Spencer. She continued her career as a secondary art teacher in various locations in the UK until retiring, throughout her career she has continually worked her own arts practise and exhibited her work.
She works in a variety of techniques with gouache, watercolour, pen and ink. You can see the influences of her design background in the decorative quality of her painting and in the exaggeration to the linear qualities in her work.
She has written and illustrated two books on textile and surface pattern. The books demonstrate how textiles can be used as a creative medium. Her work has been included in two limited edition books published by Real Art, who were commissioned by Liberties of London to be displayed and sold in their book shop.
Over the years she has exhibited her work widely, including: