Marie Marfia at Lake Michigan

About me

Outstanding by my studio in Ludington, Michigan.

About me

Hello, my name is Marie Marfia. I am an artist working in Ludington, Michigan. I like to paint skeletons, portraits and landscapes. Pastels are my medium of choice, but lately I’m exploring acrylic and watercolor as well.

People who like my work tell me that it’s approachable, full of emotion and texture. 

About my art

Skeleton art

Marie Marfia, Aucassin and Nicolette, soft pastel, 12x16.375
Everlasting Love (Aucassin and Nicolette parody), soft pastel, 12×16.375″.

Humor has always been a huge part of my life. I think that’s where the skeletons come from. Also, who doesn’t like dead people?


pastel portrait commission of a smiling couple
Joe and Anna, 11×14″ pastel portrait commission on sanded paper. Sold.

One of my favorite subjects is people. I love painting faces and trying to capture the essence of someone. I also love putting figures into my landscapes. People just doing stuff together, being themselves, it’s always going to be interesting to me.

Portraits make wonderful gifts! Check out my Portrait Commission page and contact me

Landscape art

Marie Marfia, Walking in the Dunes, soft pastel on sanded paper, 9x12"
Walking in the Dunes, soft pastel on sanded paper, 9×12″

My husband and I lived in Ludington, Michigan for fifteen years starting in 1992 but had to leave the area in order for Steve to find work. Fortunately, we were able to return again when he retired and we don’t plan to live anywhere else. It’s beautiful here and there’s nowhere else quite like it. My studio is five minutes from the Ludington State Park, Michigan’s Queen of the state parks, and multiple Manistee National Forest trailheads beckon just a short drive east of town. I love to walk in the woods or along the beaches and trails in the state park. That’s where my inspiration comes from for my landscapes. Check out my latest works here.

Beach art

pastel painting by Marie Marfia of dunes and lake michigan and sky and clouds
Getting There, soft pastel on sanded paper, 6×9″.

Walking on the shoreline and painting the dunes, especially during the winter, is one of my favorite things to do. It takes me right back to my childhood, when going to the beach was top of the “what do you want to do today” list.

You can see my original art, plus greeting cards and prints at Art on the Town Gallery in Pentwater, Michigan at Art by Mary Case Gallery & Studio in Ludington, Michigan, and also at Ludington Center for the Arts in Ludington, Michigan.

Watch me work!

Here’s a video of me talking about my studio in Ludington, Michigan. Plus, check out these time-lapes videos on my Youtube channel.


“I love your work and am truly honored to now own a piece. :)” Helene Sirko

“I think you did a fabulous job on my portrait and I don’t even like getting my photos taken! I love showing people my portrait.” Dorothy Gamble

“Thank you so much for putting your beautiful talent to work on my face. I love it.” Mel Mitchell Goodwin


Marie Marfia is a pastel artist who likes painting skeletons, portraits and landscapes.

After receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Kendall College of Art & Design in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Marie worked the next 30 years as a graphic designer. In 2011, she tried pastels and promptly fell in love with the medium. Now she paints nearly every day.

One of eleven children, Marie was the first girl born in her family. Her parents already had seven boys, and so naturally, they didn’t have a girl’s name picked out. The story goes that her father and brothers put their favorite girls’ names into a hat and drew one out. Unfortunately, it was Mitzi. Fortunately, her mom came out of twilight sleep just in time to name her Marie Charlotte, after her mother. To this day, her older brothers still call her Mitzi.

She currently lives in the Ludington, Michigan area with her husband and two lucky dogs. They have three grown children. Her studio is called The Bonafide Gallery and is located in Ludington, Michigan. She’s there most weekdays and invites you to visit if you’re ever in town.

Resume and Contact Info

Marie Marfia

2858 N Sherman Rd, Ludington, Michigan 49431
904-566-4473 •


Bachelor of Fine Arts, Kendall College of Art & Design, Grand Rapids, MI


  • Vianna Szabo, Michigan
  • Karen Margulis, Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
  • Tom Christopher, Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
  • Ann Manry Kenyon, Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
  • Margaret Dyer, Tampa, Florida
  • Casey Klahn, Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
  • Michael Chesley Johnson, St. Augustine, Florida
  • Helen Ashmead, Jacksonville, Florida


  • Member, Pastel Society of America
  • Member, Great Lakes Pastel Society


  • Soul Sisters, Group Show, Historic Ramsdell Theater of Manistee, Manistee, MI, March 2021
  • LACA Member Show, Ludington Area Center for the Arts, Ludington, MI – February, 2021
  • Skeletons! Ludington Area Center for the Arts, Ludington, MI, October, 2020
  • Laurie Carey & Friends Holiday Artsy Craft Show, Ludington, MI – November 2019
  • Gold Coast Arts and Crafts Show, Ludington, MI – August 2019
  • LACA Member Show, Ludington Area Center for the Arts, Ludington, MI January-February, 2019
  • Holiday Art Ramble, Fountain, MI, November 2018
  • Art Ramble in the Woods – Summer 2018, Fountain, MI, July 2018
  • Surreal Soiree 10, Group Show, Baton Rouge Gallery, Baton Rouge, LA, January 2018.
  • Art Prize 2017, The Bitter End Coffeehouse, Grand Rapids, Michigan, September-October 2017.
  • Grand Haven Art Walk, Group Show “October Curiosities,” Grand Haven, Michigan, September 2017.
  • Group Exhibition, Gallery Uptown, Grand Haven, Michigan, October 2017.
  • “Making Faces,” Performance Hall Lobby, Ludington Area Center for the Arts, Ludington, Michigan,
  • April-May 2017.
  • Group Show, First Coast Pastel Society, Jewish Community Center, Jacksonville, Florida,
  • September 2015.
  • Juried Group Show, First Coast Pastel Society, Cultural Center of Ponte Vedra, Ponte Vedra Beach,
  • Florida, May 2015.
  • “Greetings from St. Augustine,” Limelight Theatre, St. Augustine, Florida, September-October, 2014.
  • Group Show, First Coast Pastel Society, Larimar Arts Center, Palatka, Florida, July 2014
  • Juried Group Show, First Coast Pastel Society, Cultural Center of Ponte Vedra, Ponte Vedra Beach,
  • Florida, June 2014.
  • Group Show, First Coast Pastel Society, Gallery 26, Melrose, Florida, December 2013.
  • Art Walk, Carling Building, October 2012-September 2013.
  • Jacksonville Premiere “The Red Tent Movie: Things We Don’t Talk About”, Karpeles Manuscript
  • Library Museum, April 5, 2013.
  • Hip Expressions Dance Studio, St. Petersburg, October 2012-January 2013.
  • Art Walk, Hemming Plaza, June-September 2012.


Currently seeking gallery representation.

  • Ludington Area Center for the Arts, Ludington, Michigan
  • Mary Case Gallery & Studio, Ludington, Michigan
  • 4 Directions Alchemy, Ludington, Michigan
  • Art on the Town Gallery, Pentwater, Michigan
  • The Attic at Archway Framing, Atlantic Beach, Florida
  • Professional Graphic Designer, 1986-present
  • Taught Basic Pastels Class, Ludington Area Cultural Arts, 2019
  • Taught multi-age art class, Not Your Average Homeschoolers, 2009-2010