Marianne was born in Binghamton, New York. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts Painting from Buffalo State College and her Masters of Fine Arts Painting from Indiana University. While working towards her graduate degree, she traveled twice to Florence, Italy, first to study art, then returning the following summer to teach for Indiana University, while simultaneously exploring her own art processes. She was the recipient of the Indiana University's Graduate Studies Research Grant for Florence, Italy and received the Charles Lanham Fellowship for Travel Abroad. She was awarded a research grant for a residency at the Vermont Studio Center. She received a faculty grant from the Ringling School of Art and Design for the creation and exhibition of a series of life-size figurative works. From 1999 to 2013, she enjoyed instructing Fine Art for Buffalo State College, The Ringling School of Art and Design, The University of Tampa, and the Santa Fe University of Art and Design. She has also received various art residencies in the United States and has an extensive exhibition record.
From 2011 to 2013, Marianne left Sarasota, FL to travel throughout Europe, Central America, Quebec and the United States; certain places she stayed for extended periods of time. After living in Santa Fe, New Mexico for one year, she returned to Sarasota. The travel and homecoming affected her personality, value system and greatly influenced her artwork. She now lives with her husband, continues to instruct art at The Ringling College of Art and Design, still enjoys travel, but she spends the majority of time in her art studio and working with the art community in Sarasota. She has recently opened an art gallery in Sarasota, FL called M. Chapel Projects and is expanding to include artist studios with a nonprofit like art center called SPAACES: Sarasota Project Aligning Artists Community Exhibits Studios.
Marianne’s career as an artist has led her to explore numerous different mediums. The current body of work is composed of two and three-dimensional paintings and sculptures created with encaustic wax on panel and mixed media on wood. She is interested in the human need for a sense of place and the idea of home.