About Me

Self Portrait, 2016.

About me

I am a pastel artist working in Ludington, Michigan. I like to paint skeletons, portraits and landscapes. I paint every day. My work is energetic and tends toward the wry. Humor is a big part of my life and it comes out in my art, willy nilly.


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

Marie got her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Kendall College of Art & Design in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She worked the next 30 years as a graphic designer, honing her compositional skills and learning how to work under deadlines. In 2011, she picked up pastels and promptly fell in love with the medium. She paints every day and hopes, with all that practice, by the time she’s 80, she’ll be fantastic!

Marie is one of eleven children born to hard working parents. She was the first girl after seven boys and, not having a name picked out in advance, her father and brothers decided to draw one out of a hat. Fortunately, Marie’s mom woke up in time to name her after her grandmother and that was that, except her brothers still continue to call her Mitzi. She currently lives in Fountain, Michigan in a tiny little house with her husband, Steve Oliver, and two happy dogs. They have three grown children. Marie’s studio is called The Bone-ified Gallery and is located in Ludington, Michigan. She’s there most days, painting pastels and posting to her blog.


Marie Marfia

2465 N. 13th Street, Fountain, Michigan 49410

marie@mariemarfia.com • MarieMarfia.com


Bachelor of Fine Arts, Kendall College of Art & Design, Grand Rapids, MI
Workshops with 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
Member, First Coast Pastel Society (Northeast Florida)
Member, Local Artists Coming Together (Jacksonville)


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.
The Bone-ified Gallery, Ludington, Michigan
Shagway Arts Barn, Ludington, Michigan
Starving Artist Gallery, St. Augustine, Florida
Simple Gestures, St. Augustine, Florida
The Attic Gallery, Atlantic Beach, Florida
Shagway Arts Barn, Ludington, Michigan


Professional Graphic Designer, 1986-present
Taught multi-age art class, Not Your Average Homeschoolers, 2009-2010